Information for parents/guardians about Young in Norway 2023.
You will shortly receive an invitation to participate in Young in Oslo 2023 – a survey about what it's like to grow up in Oslo. The survey is sent to pupils from year five to the third year of upper secondary school who are under the age of 20.
The survey is carried out at the school, and we hope that you would like to participate as it’s a good opportunity for you and all other young people in Oslo to tell politicians, researchers and others what it's like to be young today.
Why are we asking you?
- We are asking you because it’s you who knows the most about your life. By getting answers from a large number of children and young people, we can create statistics that show us how you and others your age are doing and what you do in your free time.
- The decision-makers in the City of Oslo have commissioned the survey. They want to use the information to make the everyday life of young people in Oslo even better.
- The results are also important for anyone wondering what it's like growing up today. Are children and young people doing well in Oslo? Do those who want it have access to leisure activities?
What will we ask about?
- Most of the questions are about how you are doing and how you spend your free time. You will be asked questions about leisure activities, media use, friendship, family, school, the local community, bullying, health and well-being.
- If you are in lower or upper secondary school, you will also be asked about drugs and alcohol, breaking rules, sexual harassment and sexuality.
How is the survey conducted?
- The survey is taken online. You log in with a random one-time code that cannot be linked to you personally.
- The survey is carried out during school hours with a teacher present. One school period has been set aside.
- You can answer in Norwegian or English. It is also possible to have the questions read out to you. Headphones/earphones are required to use this function.
What will the survey be used for?
- After all the answers have been received, researchers at OsloMet will create statistics and publish the results online, in the media and in research reports.
- The results will be used by those responsible for working with children and youth in the City of Oslo and its districts, in order to make Oslo an even better city in which to grow up.
- The results will also be used for research to gain knowledge about what it's like growing up today.
- The first results of the survey will be available in the summer of 2023.
- You can be sure that the answers you give in the survey will be stored in a way that means no one will know what you personally have answered. You will not be asked for your name, address or other information that can directly identify you.
- No individuals will be recognisable when the results of the survey are published.
- The survey is completely anonymous for primary and lower secondary school pupils.
For pupils in upper secondary school
- The questionnaire for upper secondary school pupils includes several background questions. All the information you provide will be stored in a secure area until the end of 2028. After that time, everything will be anonymised.
- We will not ask you for your name or any other direct personal data about you. It is therefore not possible to rectify or erase your data once the survey has been completed.
- The survey is carried out according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Sikt – the Norwegian authority responsible for privacy protection – has authorised NOVA to collect and store the data.
- The survey includes young people up to and including 19 years of age.
- You can choose whether or not you want to participate. It’s possible to skip any questions that you don’t want to answer, and you can also withdraw at any point.
- If you are under the age of 18, your parents or guardians can ask the school not to allow you to participate.
Someone to talk to after the survey
- For the majority of people, the questions will be straightforward to answer, although you might find some of the topics difficult.
- If you want to talk to an adult afterwards, you can contact the school health service or the Red Cross helpline Kors på halsen (korspaahalsen.rodekors.no).
- You will be informed, both before and after the survey, about who you can turn to if you need to talk to someone.
Who is behind the survey?
- The research institute NOVA at OsloMet is conducting the survey on behalf of the City of Oslo.
- The survey is part of the Ungdata survey, which is conducted in schools throughout Norway. The Norwegian Directorate of Health funds parts of the Ungdata survey (ungdata.no).
We hope you will take part in Young in Oslo 2023!