A Research of Adolescents' Experience of Cyber-Harassment

Q. Li and T. Beran (Canada)

Keywords

Technology, cyberharassment, adolescents

Abstract

A total of 432 students from grades 7-9 reported their experiences of cyber-harassment, which is a form of harassment that occurs through the use of electronic communications such as e-mail and cell phones. More than two thirds of students (69%) have heard of incidents of cyber-harassment, about one quarter (21%) have been harassed several times, and a few students (3%) admitted engaging in this form of harassment. In addition, many victims of cyber-harassment are also cyber-harassers themselves. These results suggest several avenues of research needed to explain how and why adolescents use technological advances to harass their peers.

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