Research Studies

Queer-Spectrum and Trans-Spectrum Student Experiences in America Higher Education

In 2017, the Tyler Clementi Center partnered with the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, the SERU-AAU Consortium led by UC-Berkeley and U-MN, the American College Health Association, and Rankin & Associates on a study of queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum student experiences in higher education.

We reviewed the queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum student responses on the National Survey of Student Engagement (2017), the Undergraduate Student Experience at the Research University Survey (2016), the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (2016), and the four surveys conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute, including The Freshman Survey (2016), the Your First College Year Survey (2016), the Diverse Learning Environments Survey (2016), and the College Senior Survey (2017). Combined, these analyses included the responses of 66,208 queer-spectrum students and 6,607 trans-spectrum student at 918 unique 4-year institutions across the U.S.— the largest study of this population ever undertaken. Read More





Cybersafety Survey

Developing Safe and Successful Mobile Device and Online Media Habits: A Survey of New York City Area Families and Recommendations for Parents, Caregivers, Communities and Companies


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Today’s children are online almost from birth, able to access entertainment and information and to connect with others to an extent unparalleled by any previous generation. From their earliest moments children are witnesses to, and participants in, a wide range of online experiences. This rapid increase in internet activity by young children is due in part to the easy access enabled by touchscreen internet-enabled tablets and phones.

More than eleven years after the debut of the iPhone, AT&T, together with No Bully and the Tyler Clementi Foundation, explore how the first generation of families with “digitally native” children have dealt with life online during the formative childhood years and teenage years. In a poll conducted between August and October 2018, teenagers, parents of teenagers, and a previously underreported demographic, millennial parents with children ages 3 to 12, shared valuable and often contradictory insights into their mobile device and online media habits.

The poll builds on research AT&T first conducted in 2016 about the online habits of teens and parents of teens in the New York City metropolitan area,1 which revealed an unsettling landscape: many teens—online for a good portion of their waking hours—were engaging in risky behavior and experiencing online bullying. Parents had little idea of the risks and dangers their children were facing.

Two years later, poll results show that teens’ risky experiences online have continued essentially unabated, as has their parents’ uneven knowledge of teens’ online lives. While millennial parents and caregivers grapple with their own mobile device habits they also are looking for tools to help them protect their children from online dangers.

This report recommends actions that parents, caregivers, communities and companies can take to protect their children and encourage them to grow up better equipped to safely and successfully use mobile devices and online media.

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