Academic journal article Journal of Information Systems Education

Special Section on Cyberbullying

Academic journal article Journal of Information Systems Education

Special Section on Cyberbullying

Article excerpt

Cyberbullying should be a concern for any college or university. Cyberbullying is behavior done through digital media by a student or groups of students, communicating aggressive or hostile messages continually and intending to inflict discomfort or harm on another student or groups of students. Cyberbullying is bullying done through the Internet--an issue confronting students of a post-secondary institution. The literature on cyberbullying is focused frequently on middle and high school students, not college students. Increased incident reporting by students in post-secondary institutions may nevertheless be indicating the increased seriousness of cyberbullying in those institutions.

Faculty and staff at post-secondary institutions need to be in a position to proactively respond to cyberbullying if students perceive problems, otherwise there may be liability potential for the university with the reality of victimization. University staff need to respond to these perceptions by developing prevention solutions that are shared with faculty and students.

This special issue on Cyberbullying gives readers some insights into cyberbullying in post-secondary institutions. …

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