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Ethical Research Involving Children

Making sense of ‘slippages’: Re-evaluating ethics for digital research with children and young people.

Cutting, K., & Peacock, S. (2021). Making sense of ‘slippages’: Re-evaluating ethics for digital research with children and young people. Children’s Geographies, Published Online Ahead of Print.

Abstract: In this paper, we argue that institutional ethical procedures do not properly prepare children’s geographers to conduct digital research with children and young people (CYP). To address this, we propose a relational, dynamic approach to ethics fit for such contemporary research with CYP. We find fault in a growing disconnect between processual expectations of our academic institution and the realities of ‘ethics-in-practice’. This is especially pronounced in an age where digital technologies have created fresh challenges for researchers. As a result, when ethical ‘slippages’ occur – moments departing from expectations but not leading to clear breaches of ethical conduct – researchers are left ill-equipped to manage situations that arise. We reflect on our own experiences of researching digital technologies in youth work settings in the UK to present two examples of ethical ‘slippages’, before offering our reconstructive propositions for ethical procedures fit for digital children’s geographies research. (Abstract © Taylor & Francis, reprinted by special permission from Taylor & Francis Group, a division of Informa UK, http://www.tandf.co.uk).

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