South Australian Digital Youth Survey research report: Year 4 results

Katie Logos, Rachael Ashwood, Russell Brewer, Tyson Whitten, Jesse Cale, Thomas Holt, Andrew Goldsmith

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report (public)


The South Australian Digital Youth Survey (DYS) is a world-first longitudinal project exploring how adolescents use digital technology, and how this use changes over the course of adolescence. The project examines the links between how adolescents use technology and pathways into cyber risk-taking. In studying these links, this project seeks to identify the technical, social, and individual circumstances by which adolescents get drawn into cyber risk-taking.
Understanding more about these circumstances will inform the development of prevention measures to mitigate such risk.
To accomplish this task, the DYS involved a longitudinal paper-based survey of a
cohort of South Australian Year 8 students commencing in 2018. A total of 18
government schools from the Adelaide Metropolitan Region (i.e. located within
100 kilometres of the CBD) have participated in the project, with 1,887
participants completing Wave 1 in 2018, 1,251 participants completing Wave 2 in 2019, 1,193 participants completing Wave 3 in 2020, and 970 participants
completing Wave 4 in 2021. Data collection for the project has now been
finalised, and this research report presents results from all four waves of the
survey, when participants were in Year 8 to Year 11. For a valid comparison of
changes in technology use and risk-taking across the years, we report on only those participants who completed all four waves of the survey (N = 6181).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide, SA
PublisherUniversity of Adelaide
Commissioning bodyAustralian Research Council (ARC)
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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