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Bullying

Claudia Lampert and Verónica Donoso

in Children, risk and safety on the internet

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428837
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307723 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428837.003.0011
Bullying

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In the last five years the topic of cyberbullying has gained tremendous public and research attention. With the massification of social media applications, the possibilities of personal publishing and networking have increased, but also the possibilities of improper usage such as online harassment. The data show that many perpetrators and victims of cyberbullying are not just in one or the other role; they sometimes engage in both activities. In this chapter, cyberbullies, cybervictims and cyberbully victims were compared with regard to age, gender, psychological difficulties, self-efficacy, sensation-seeking and ostracism. Logistic regressions indicate that incidents of offline bullying (as perpetrator and/or victim) are strong predictors of cyberbullying, followed by psychological difficulties.

Keywords: Bullying; Cyberbullying; Cyberbullies; Cybervictims; Cyberbullying victims; Coping strategies

Chapter.  3264 words.  Illustrated.

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