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From the Deputy Principal – Students, Ms Gabby Smith – Early Intervention for Child Problematic Screen Use – Survey

Deputy Principal - Students, Gabrielle Smith

Deputy Principal - Students, Ms Gabrielle Smith

Dear Parents and Carers

Waverley College is participating in a research project titled ‘Early Intervention for Child Problematic Screen Use’ facilitated by Macquarie University, regarding screen use and gaming by students in Years 5-8.

The findings from this project will provide valuable insights into screens and gaming for our student population, and will contribute to the research in Australia around how to prevent and treat those children and families suffering from Gaming Disorder and related problematic screen use.

Students in Years 5-8 will complete an online survey which will include questions about their screen use patterns, relationships, thoughts and feelings. The survey will typically take no longer than 40 minutes and will be completed in class on the dates below:

  • Year 7: Week 6 – Wednesday, 8 March 2023 – Period 6

  • Year 8: Week 7 – Tuesday, 14 March 2023 – Period 6

  • Years 5 and 6: Week 7 – Monday, 13 March 2023

If you agree for your child to take part in the project, you are not required to do anything else.

At school, your child will also be given an information sheet about the research project and will be able to participate or decline participation, as they wish.

If you do not want your child to participate in the study, please click the button below to fill in your details on page 2 of the ‘Parent Participants Information and Consent Form’ and email it to by Friday, 3 March, 2023.

Click here to view the Parent Participants Information and Consent Form

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Ms Gabby Smith

Deputy Principal – Students