The Rochester, N.Y., Democrat and Chronicle reports that middle schoolers are more likely to be the perpetrators of cyber crime than the victims, a new study by a Rochester Institute of Technology researcher has found. Samuel C. McQuade surveyed 40,079 students in grades K-12 from 14 local school districts in fall 2007 and early 2008 and found that a child’s peers are the biggest danger when it comes to cyber safety. Children report being mean to one another online as early as second grade, but kids victimize their peers most in middle school. McQuade defines middle school as seventh through ninth grades. Of that group, 45 percent admit to committing cyber crime, while only 39 percent report being victimized…

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