Non-technical session 2:

Kevin Prince

Independent IT and Accessibility Consultant with Access1in5

Inclusive Research

Reaching the widest sample for research isn't easy and then someone like me comes along and reminds you about impairment. It's important to remember that the latest figures from StatsNZ have 1in 4 New Zealanders reporting an impairment of some description. You need these views in your research.

Not all of these impairments will have an effect on either participation in the Internet or research but I'd like to share some experiences of ensuring that the tools and techniques we use don't create unnecessary barriers to participation. For example, how many Deaf people will not even try to participate if you decide you will only interview by phone? Equally, if your consent form HAS to be hard copy signed then how many blind participants will be able to do that unaided and therefore dismiss the survey as too hard?

Nicole Price

Phd Fellow, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland

Perceptions of modern bullying in New Zealand Schools

Delineation of the systemic culture within New Zealand around the evaluation of interventions and or education programmes and their effectiveness in minimizing modern bullying in the digital era and mitigating long term emotional trauma for children.

Why are the morbidity, self-harm, suicide ideation and truancy rates still rising in New Zealand schools? What is causing it and does it maintain its prevalence because schools are unable to identify the precursors to incidences happening? These were the fundamental questions that drove me to shape a Masters thesis around a school based research project looking at ‘Conceptions of bullying; how it is defined, identified and what provisions are in place to mitigate the effects of bullying’. Because let’s face it, New Zealand statistics show that bullying is a very real issue that leads to ongoing mental health issues, in our schools, as are truancy, self-harm and suicide ideation which are often associated as ongoing consequences of bullying.

Jenny Rankine

PhD student, University of Auckland

Racism – what to do about it online

My project will analyse racism about Māori and the Treaty in online comments on news websites, public Facebook pages and Twitter. It will then develop, pre-test, implement and evaluate interventions that introduce alternative discourses about Māori and the Treaty on these sites. Interventions may include anti-racist memes or alternatives to anti-Māori news themes.

I will present examples of anti-racism campaigns which start from different assumptions. One encourages multiculturalism; another encourages anti-racism action by bystanders and organisations; another attempts to reverse racist stereotypes; one focuses on White privilege; and an app builds the skills of smart phone users to speak against the typical racism experiences of different groups. Then I will describe the potential of internet memes to intervene in online racism.

Racism creates inequity and damages health. However, major online news sites regularly represents Māori as subordinate and deviant, and use anti-Māori themes. Online interaction about Māori topics can also quickly deteriorate into personal attacks and expressions of extreme prejudice that many young people may not encounter otherwise. This online racism is problematic because the internet is part of everyday life for most young New Zealanders. There is no research about intervening against online racism in Aotearoa.


*Collaborative notes for this session is available here.