Page 1: Participant Information Sheet

We would like to invite you to participate in our study looking at the role of social media in relation to health, and specifically physical activity and diet, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

For participants aged 13-15, we require parent/guardian consent through the completion of this form, and we can then send the survey to you.

For parents/guardians please read and complete this form to decide if you grant consent for your son/daughter to participate.

This study has been approved by the University of Birmingham’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Research Ethics Committee.

Why are we doing this research?

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, we are living in exceptional circumstances where people are asked to self-isolate, stay at home and avoid unnecessary journeys or social contact. In this study, we are especially interested in finding out how social media is being used (or not) in relation to physical activity and diet.

What are you asked to do?

We are asking you to complete a survey online. The survey will ask you some information about you and your:

  1. Uses of Social Media
  2. Physical Activity Behaviours (including experiences of pain from e.g. sitting time)
  3. Diet
  4. Overall quality of life

You do not have to answer the questions if you choose not to. Your responses will not be judged and will remain confidential, and you may stop completing the questionnaire at any moment should you wish. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete the survey. At the end of the survey, we will ask your permission to contact you again for a focus group interview. Participation in the interview is not compulsory.

What are the benefits of participating in this study?

Participating in this study will help us to find out more about the impact of social media and COVID-19 on physical activity and diet/nutrition. If you would like to, we will provide you with details of a summary of the findings once the study has been completed.

Will personal data remain confidential?

All your personal data will remain confidential and will be solely used for academic purposes. The data will only be identifiable using a unique ID number. This is to give you the option to withdraw your data after you have completed the study. In accordance with the Data Protection Act (2018) raw and processed data from this investigation will be kept for a period of ten years following completion of the study or post-publication. Computer files containing processed data will be kept securely and will only be accessed by the study investigators. After this time period, all the data collected will be destroyed.

I would like my son/daughter to participate in this study. What do I need to do next?

Please go to the link below to complete the survey. The first questionnaire to complete is a Consent Form. This is to show that you have understood what is involved and that you have read this Information Sheet. Once you have completed the consent form, we will send the survey to you and/or your son/daughter.

We would like to emphasise that after signing the consent form you may still withdraw at any time up 2 weeks after the survey has been completed without having to give us an explanation. 

Thank you very much for your interest in this study. 

If you require further information, please feel free to contact the research team and ask any questions you wish.

Dr Victoria Goodyear

Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy in Sport, Physical Activity and Health


Paul Mansell                                        

Doctoral Researcher                              


School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT