Bullying that follows you home and further: What can be done to help young people reduce cyber and other forms of bullying?
Date: Fri, 14 September 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: ECU South West, Room 6.101
Presenter: Professor Donna Cross
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The digital media revolution has provided an extra platform and communication culture upon which bullying and other forms of aggression can operate, with both male and female adolescents increasingly using covert forms of bullying delivered via technology to enhance the perpetrator’s effect/danger ratio.
Recent research shows alarming trends regarding both the extent to which young people use e-mail, texting, chat rooms, mobile phones, mobile phone cameras, and websites to bully their peers, as well as the deleterious short and long term implications for both those victimised and those who perpetrate.
While face-to-face bullying causes much harm, the use of communication technology such as the internet and mobile phones by young people to cyber bully others will potentially increase the mental health problems, and social and academic related harms for the young people affected.
This presentation will provide an opportunity to review current research about young people's cyber bullying experiences, its possible effects, and the protective factors that appear to reduce harm to young people. The presentation will also examine practical strategies for schools and families that appear to be the most effective at preventing or managing this insidious problem and its effects.