SCAMP is the Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones.
1) 70% of 11-12 year olds in the UK now own a mobile phone, and 90% of 14 year olds own a mobile phone.
2) The use of tablets has tripled among children aged 5-15 years since 2012!
3) 12-15 year olds send on average 255 texts per week, and an estimated 184 instant messages.
4) Mobile phones are the most common devices for accessing social networking profiles, like Facebook.
5) Among children aged 8-11 years old, school work and homework are the most commonly- mentioned internet activities.
Reference: Ofcom report 2013
Taking part in the SCAMP study involves undertaking two computer assessments, one in year 7 and one in year 9.
With your parents’ permission answer more questions online at home:
With your parents’ permission, the research team will also look at:
We will ask you questions about:
Some of these questions will be asked in the school assessment and others in the online questionnaire at home.
You might think some questions are not related to your thinking abilities or using mobile phones, but they are all important. There are lots of things that can affect your thinking abilities e.g. how well you sleep, or changes in your body. We need to ask questions about these things so that we don’t get them mixed up with how using a mobile phone might affect your thinking abilities.
… when I use my mobile phone?
We need to know about how much and how often you are using a mobile phone. We may use information from your mobile phone operator to check how your mobile phone use changes over time. We will never see information about the content of messages, websites visited or content downloaded on your phone. We will also never see information about the people you speak to or who you exchange messages with on your phone.
… by my doctor?
We need to know about any illnesses or treatments you may have had and we may check how your health is in the future.
… about my education?
We need to know how you have been doing at school. We may use information from your educational records to check how you progress in school in the future.
Pupils in Year 9 in your school will undertake this assessment on computers in normal lesson time.
You can help the SCAMP team further by answering some additional questions at home.
What if I change my mind?
You can change your mind and stop taking part at any time and you don’t need to tell us why.
The SCAMP team will use your information to answer scientific questions. Your teachers or parents will not see the information that you give. In the future, we may share some information with other researchers so that they can answer other scientific questions, but we will never let them see information that would tell them who you are, i.e. your name and address.
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What if I have a problem or issue?
If you have any issues you would like to discuss with someone in confidence please talk to a parent, an adult you feel comfortable with, or contact Childline 0800 1111.
All information that is collected about you during the study is kept confidential (private).
Who will know about me being in the study?
Your parents and the study team, and anyone you choose to tell.
By taking part in this research you could help young people like you, now and in the future, to use technologies more safely. We hope you enjoy being involved in real-life science.