Teen Cyber Census

Teen Cyber Census

Teen Cyber Census FAQs

We are asking permission for students in pre-determined school districts to take part in a study.  The parent/guardian of these students may also choose to take part in the study. A valid email address for both the child and guardian will be required to enroll in the study. 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY?

The Siena College Research Institute (SRI) has partnered with AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation to gather primary data from students and from their parents/guardians to assess problems, threats, effects, and attitudes towards interventions as they relate to teen internet and smartphone behavior. 

In partnership with AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation, the Siena Research Institute will administer two online surveys:  
1. Student Survey – To be completed by students. This survey will be sent via email to participating students. 
2. Parent/Guardian Survey – To be completed by the parent or guardian of a student. This survey will be sent to participating parents/guardians.  

WHAT WILL THE SURVEY REQUIRE?
An online survey link will be emailed to participating students.  The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and asks the student about their attitude and behavior online.  A separate survey link will be emailed to parents/guardians on the same date, with questions similar to those asked of the students.

Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act, parents/guardians have the right to see a copy of a blank survey sent to their child and read all the questions.  Copies of the survey are available upon request and may be emailed or mailed to you.  If you would like to view a copy, please contact sienaresearch@siena.edu

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE STUDY?
Individual participants will not receive any incentives or awards.  Students may benefit indirectly by knowing he or she has made a contribution to research that will help others in the future. In addition, after the conclusion of this study, AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation will work with your school to produce an assembly to address issues pertaining to online behavior.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS OF THE STUDY?
The survey includes some questions about personal matters and students may feel uncomfortable answering these questions.  Students may decline to answer any question he or she does not want to answer.  Additional resources will be available throughout the survey if students seek assistance, including the contact information for the school’s guidance counselor and other helpful website links. 

All information will be stored on SRI’s password protected secure server and every effort will be made to ensure the security of this data. 

WHAT IF THE STUDENT DOES NOT COMPLETE THE STUDY?
The survey is voluntary and students can decide not to do the survey or skip questions that make him or her uncomfortable.  If the student or the parent/guardian decides to not participate or to withdraw from the study at any time, there will be no penalties or consequences.
   
WHO WILL SEE THE INFORMATION?
The survey is entirely anonymous which means that you and the school cannot see the student’s answers (nor can the school or the student see your answers). No information from the survey about the student''s participation in this study will be in their school records.  A participant’s identity collected from this registration form will only be available to the research team at the Siena Research Institute, solely for the purpose of sending the online survey and any follow-up reminders through email.  No identifying information will be collected in either the student survey or the parent survey. The results of this study will only be reported in aggregate, with no way to identify individual participants. 

HOW IS INFORMATION PROTECTED?
All identifying information will be stored electronically on SRI’s password protected secure server. The only individuals with access to any identifying information from this registration form will be researchers at the Siena Research Institute.  Six months after the close of the survey, any identifying information will be deleted from the data set. 

WHO MAY I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
If you have any questions about this project now or in the future, please ask.  Don Levy can be reached by email at dlevy@siena.edu.  This survey has been approved (IRB#03-16-024) by the Institutional Review Board at Siena College which reviews all human subjects research.  If you have any questions about the process that is used by Siena to protect participants in the research from any harm, please contact Mary Lou D’Allegro at mdallegro@siena.edu

HOW DO I GIVE PERMISSION FOR MY CHILD AND/OR MYSELF TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY?
When a parent/guardian completes a consent form, they and/or their child will be enrolled in the study and will receive an email with a web-based link to the survey.