Developing an ethical framework and web-application to study adolescent wellbeing

Project Lead

Dr Gavin Slemp

Project Details

Australian adolescents use social media for 2.7 hours daily on average. Computer science offers tools to gain unique insight into the impact of social media on its users, as it brings the possibility of unobtrusively studying psychological functioning using substantial amounts of online data. However, these methods raise numerous ethical concerns about how such research ought to be conducted, and require very sophisticated computer science skills. This project aims to address these issues by establishing:

  • an ethical framework for social media research with adolescents
  • a web application for researchers to interact with and analyse social media data.


Dr Gavin Slemp


The University of Melbourne