Cyberbullying: A review of the literature

Suneel Pigilam, Talvinder Rana, Srinivasa Panuganti, Tanvir Singh

Abstract


Cyberbullying is been defined as the repeated use of technology (internet) to cause intentional distress (discomfort) or to threaten others. The aim of our study is to better understand the impact of cyber bullying on students at school and the possible need for intervention messages targeting adolescents, educators, and parents. Adolescents in school are currently vulnerable of experiencing the majority of cyberbullying instances outside of the school environment; however there is some kind of impact at school. Students were able to suggest some basic approach for dealing with cyber bullying, but were less likely to be aware of approaches to request the removal of objectionable websites, as well as how to respond as a helpful bystander when witnessing cruel online behavior. We believe that school communities should address cyber bullying through a combination of police and educational information that are shared with students and parents. Schools should include cyberbullying as part of their bullying prevention strategies and include classroom lessons that address reporting and bystander behavior.


Keywords


Cyberbullying; internet use; Prevention; Adolescents.

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