The Internet provides both opportunities and risks for psychologists conducting research. In April 2017, The British Psychological Society published 'Ethics Guidelines for Internet-mediated Research', structured around the four core ethical principles of: respect for the autonomy, privacy and dignity of individuals and communities; scientific integrity; social responsibility; and maximising benefits and minimising harm. This article maps out these new guidelines, specifically with qualitative research in mind. It concludes that some key ethical considerations must be taken into account when embarking on Internet-mediated research.
- social media
- consensus methods