- Obtain informed consent from parents or legal guardians of the participating children, clearly explaining the purpose, procedures, and potential risks and benefits of the study.
- Assure them of the confidentiality and anonymity of the collected data and their right to withdraw from the study at any time without repercussions.
Protection of Participants:
- Prioritize the safety and well-being of the children involved in the study, ensuring that all research activities are conducted in a manner that minimizes any potential physical or psychological harm.
- Provide necessary support and resources for any identified issues during the study, including access to counseling services and relevant healthcare professionals.
Confidentiality and Anonymity:
- Maintain strict confidentiality protocols to protect the privacy of the participants and their families.
- Use coded identifiers instead of personal information to ensure that individual data remains anonymous throughout the research process and in any subsequent publications or presentations.
Respect for Autonomy:
- Respect the autonomy of the participants and their families by providing them with the right to make informed decisions about their involvement in the study.
- Encourage open communication and address any concerns or questions raised by the participants or their guardians in a timely and respectful manner.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Compliance:
- Adhere to the ethical guidelines and regulations set forth by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or any relevant regulatory body overseeing research involving human participants.
- Obtain necessary approvals from the IRB before initiating the study and ensure ongoing compliance with all ethical standards and guidelines throughout the research process.
Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity:
- Acknowledge and respect the cultural diversity of the participants and their families, ensuring that research activities are conducted in a culturally sensitive manner.
- Consider cultural nuances and customs when interacting with participants and interpreting research findings, and ensure that the study’s outcomes are applicable and relevant across diverse cultural contexts.
Data Security and Storage:
- Implement robust data security measures to protect the confidentiality and integrity of the collected data. Store all research data in secure and encrypted databases, limiting access to authorized personnel only.
- Ensure that data management practices adhere to relevant data protection laws and regulations to prevent any unauthorized access, use, or disclosure of sensitive information.
Transparency in Reporting:
- Maintain transparency in reporting research findings, ensuring that the results are presented accurately and objectively without any manipulation or misrepresentation of data.
- Clearly communicate the limitations of the study and any potential biases or confounding factors that may have influenced the research outcomes.