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Teen Cyberbullying Content Assessed in the Context of Social Networks

NCJ Number
254821
Date Published
Author(s)
National Institute of Justice
Agencies
NIJ
Publication Type
Article
Annotation
This article examines the findings of National Institute of Justice-funded research that conducted a multimethod study of cyberbullying.
Abstract
With the vast majority of teens in the United States now using electronic communications, cyberbullying has become a frequent form of aggression on social media and through text messages, emails, and photo and video sharing. National Institute of Justice-funded researchers recently completed a multimethod study of cyberbullying that has combined analysis of actual message content with measures of frequency, peer group context, and the correlation between face-to-face and electronic bullying. This article examines the findings of the research team. The insights include: an understanding that assessing exposure to cyberbullying may require multiple measures; identification of the kind of message content that constitutes prohibited bullying; a strong association between face-to-face bullying and online bullying; messages with negative, bullying content tended to be clustered among key individuals; progress toward development of a new instrument with potential for use by administrators to cull thousands of messages and code aggressive content; and students who are bullied tend to be well integrated in, but not central to, school peer networks.
Date Created: July 19, 2020