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Bullying at University: The Social and Legal Contexts of Cyberbullying Among University Students

Myers, C-A. and Cowie, H. (2017). Bullying at University: The Social and Legal Contexts of Cyberbullying Among University Students. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48(8), pp. 1172-1182. doi: 10.1177/0022022116684208

Abstract

Students within the university sector are ‘digital natives’. Technology is not ‘new’ or ‘alien’ to them, but rather it is an accepted and normalised part of everyday life (Simmons et al., 2016). With this level of expertise and competence, we could assume that university students are relatively happy with their online relationships. However, in recent years there has been a growing realisation that, for some students at least, the online world is a very dangerous place.The age of the students is of key importance here too, as those in higher and further education are young adults, rather than children in need of parental support. From this perspective, the university as an institution has a duty of care to its students in their learning environment regardless of their age. In this article, we consider the social and cultural contexts which either promote or discourage cyberbullying among university students. Finally, the implications for policies, training and awareness-raising are discussed along with ideas for possible future research in this under researched area.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Carrie-Anne Myers, Helen Cowie, Bullying at University: The Social and Legal Contexts of Cyberbullying Among University Students, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Volume 48, Issue 8, pp. 1172-1182. Copyright © 2017, the authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Publisher Keywords: bullying/cyberbullying at university; bystanders; bullies; victims; cyberbullying and the law, cyberbully/victims, cultural context
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/16605
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