RIT Hosts News Conference to Unveil Cyber Research Findings, June 18

Research uncovers a ‘startling new reality’ amid the growing threat of cybercrime

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The results of a major survey investigating the nature and extent of cyber abuse and victimization by and among adolescents will be announced during a 10:30 a.m. news conference Wednesday, June 18, in the lobby of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Eastman Building.

The research was conducted within 14 Rochester area school districts (Monroe County BOCES No. 1, Brighton, Canandaigua, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, East Irondequoit, Fairport, Greece, Hilton, Newark, Penfield, Pittsford, Rush-Henrietta, Webster and Wheatland-Chili) and was derived by surveying more than 40,000 area school children.

“Our research uncovered a wealth of new data and revealed a startling new reality—kids are now preying on other kids online,” says Sam McQuade, who led the research effort and is the graduate program coordinator in RIT’s Center for Multidisciplinary Studies.

McQuade will deliver the results during the news conference and will be available to answer questions about the research. Several executive committee members of the RIT-led Cyber Safety and Ethics Initiative, including Brighton Central School District Superintendent Chris Manaseri and Michael Miller, president of the InfraGard Members Alliance Rochester Chapter, will also be available for comment.