Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $311,997)
The goal of this research project is to examine the relationship(s) between a range of risk-related and Internet-related behaviors. This project will build on the findings of prior research by surveying high school students about participation in self-exploitative behaviors and risky social networking behaviors (e.g. auto-pornography, "sexting", Face Roulette) that may increase victimization. By better understanding patterns of creating and distributing explicit or inappropriate photos, precursors and correlates of risky Internet behavior, and motivators of electronic aggression, policy makers will be better able to design prevention strategies to keep youth safer on the Internet.