Consent document: Cyberbullying Early Warning Research Project
The purpose of this research project is to build an app that predicts cyberbullying on Instagram. It will also alert community members to cyberbullying.

Data Collection:
We will collect data through informal, semi-structured interviews. We will record interviews and have a third-party transcription service (e.g., Rev) transcribe the recordings.

We will ask you about
• How you define “cyberbullying”
• Examples of cyberbullying you have witnessed
• How you think parents, educators, and students should respond to cyberbullying

Time and Compensation:
Most interviews last less than 60 minutes. You will get a $20 Amazon email gift card as a thank you for your time.

Participant rights:
You have the right to
1. Stop participation at any time. You may choose not to answer any questions you do not wish to answer.
2. Ask questions about the research project and to receive honest, complete answers.
3. Request that any data that we collect during your interview be ignored or destroyed.

Risks and Benefits:
Because we will ask you about online content, you may encounter mean or disturbing content. For instance, you may see swear words. Or you may be offended by someone’s comments. You won’t benefit directly from the interview (other than payment), but you will help us build a system that could prevent cyberbullying.

Identifying information (e.g., your name, Instagram handle) will be available to the project researchers, but we won’t share it with anyone else. We will store data by ID, and your ID may appear in publications about the research (e.g., academic articles, conference presentations). The Institutional Review Board or university or government officials responsible for monitoring this research may look at our participant records.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this research project, please contact Dr. Libby Hemphill (, 312-567-5170). If you have questions regarding your rights as a participant in this research project or wish to report negative experience during your interview, please contact the Executive Officer of the IIT Institutional Review Board (Glenn Krell, 312-567-7141).

The Illinois Institute of Technology is not responsible for any injuries or medical conditions you may suffer during the time you are a research participant unless those injuries or medical conditions are due to IIT’s negligence. You may address questions and complaints to Glenn Krell, MPA, CRA, Executive Officer of IIT Institutional Review Board at 312-567-7141.

I have read the information given above and have received a copy of this form. I understand that my participation is completely voluntary, and that I may stop my participation at any time. I give my consent to participate in this research. *
I give researchers permission to audio record my interview. I understand that the recording will be deleted after it has been transcribed and will not be available to people beyond the research team. *
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