Cyberbullying in the Global Playground: Research from International Perspectives

Cyberbullying in the Global Playground: Research from International Perspectives

Cyberbullying in the Global Playground: Research from International Perspectives

Cyberbullying in the Global Playground: Research from International Perspectives

Synopsis

Cyberbullying in the Global Playground provides the first global, in-depth analysis of the emerging phenomenon of cyberbullying.
  • Offers the first thorough comparative account of recent research into the emerging global phenomenon of cyberbullying
  • Provides an international perspective on the prevalence and nature of cyberbullying
  • Presents recent authoritative research within a critical perspective, drawing out theoretical and practical implications for policy and practice
  • May be used to help design intervention, evaluation, and policy strategies for effective efforts to combat the international phenomenon of cyberbullying

Excerpt

This book is the first thorough comparative account of the recent research into the emerging phenomenon of cyberbullying, across Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia. Attempting to enhance our understanding of cyberbullying, we include reports of projects from Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Finland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. Reflecting on recent studies, we have chosen the countries discussed in this book because quality active research in relation to cyberbullying is being carried out there. Although each project has its unique approaches, methods employed, and outcome identified, the common objective of this collection is to reduce or prevent cyberbullying by providing a comprehensive understanding of the issue.

Chapter 1 sets the scene by offering background information on technology and a discussion of the general features of cyberbullying. It also includes definitions of the key terms and basic research designs of current studies related to the topic. This opening chapter is followed by 12 chapters reporting first-hand accounts of recent studies by leading researchers in the area. Collectively, these studies provide an international perspective on the prevalence and nature of cyberbullying, its underlying mechanisms, group dynamics, and possible effect on the social, emotional, and psychological development of young people.

The three chapters in Part II, European Studies Within a DAPHNE Project, bring together contributions from four European countries (Italy, England, Spain, and Finland) that have participated in an EU-funded DAPHNE project. These chapters present some corresponding data and analyses, while also discussing specific aspects of each country. In the context of previous research and national policies in each country, Chapters 2 and 4 examine traditional bullying and cyberbullying, their interrelations, and the impact they have on the victims. Chapter 3 investigates the role of self-esteem and perceived loneliness in association with episodes of cyberaggression acted or received, adapting Bandura’s theory of moral disengagement in the new cyber-context.

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