Stalking via the Internet (cyberstalking) occurs via technologies such as email, instant messaging, chat rooms, discussion groups, and social networking websites. Recent news reports indicate a growing concern about the ease with which personal information can be accessed on the Internet - a fact that is shaping new social norms for young adults and children who have grown up using the Internet. This thesis measured the prevalence and nature of cyberstalking among Rochester Institute of Technology students. A survey was conducted and the results were evaluated with SIDE theory and social conduct theory as guides to understand if cyberstalking behavior is becoming normalized among college students or if it is viewed as misbehavior.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Cyberstalking--New York (State)--Rochester; Computer crimes--New York (State)--Rochester; Stalking--New York (State)--Rochester; Harassment--New York (State)--Rochester; College students--Crimes against--New York (State)--Rochester

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Communication and Media Technologies (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Department of Communication (CLA)


Susan B. Barnes

Advisor/Committee Member

Chris Schreck

Advisor/Committee Member

Bruce Austin


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at HV6773 .D42 2006


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