What makes a bully a cyberbully? Unravelling the characteristics of cyberbullies across twenty-five European countries

Görzig, Anke and Ólafsson, Kjartan (2013) What makes a bully a cyberbully? Unravelling the characteristics of cyberbullies across twenty-five European countries. Journal of Children and Media, 7 (1). pp. 9-27. ISSN 1748-2798

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Abstract

The characteristics of bullies who act face-to-face and those who do so in cyberspace were compared directly in one sample across twenty-five countries. The role of cross-country differences in technological infrastructure was also explored. Cyberbullies compared to face-to-face bullies were more likely to engage in risky online activities, spend more time online, and found it easier to be themselves online. Private access to the internet did not make a difference. Gender differences showed girls more likely to be cyber- than face-to-face bullies if they have a profile on a social networking site. Age and internet ability beliefs were also positively but not independently associated with cyberbullying. Cross-country differences were small and patterns remained mostly stable across countries, suggesting that individual and not country-level characteristics are pivotal in explaining cyberbullying.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis. This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Children and Media, Volume 7, Issue 1, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/17482798.2012.739756.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cyberbullying, bullying, internet, adolescence, aggression, online harassment, Europe, cross-country analysis
Subjects: Social sciences > Communication and culture
Psychology
Social sciences
Depositing User: Anke Goerzig
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2015 16:28
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 09:35
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1396

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