Issues of cross-cultural variations in cyber bullying across Europe and beyond

Smith, Peter K., Görzig, Anke ORCID: and Robinson, Susanne (2018) Issues of cross-cultural variations in cyber bullying across Europe and beyond. Working Paper. London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

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Although the great majority of research studies on cyberbullying have been carried out in western countries (Zych, Ortega & del Rey, 2015), the issue is recognised to be an international one. There has been a tradition of research in the Asian Pacific Rim countries (Smith, Kwak & Toda, 2016), and growing research in other areas such as South-East Asia (Sittichai & Smith, 2015). These studies raise important methodological issues. How similar, or different, is the phenomenon of cyber bullying in different countries? What are the challenges in making comparisons and comparing rates in different countries? Finally, how can such differences be explained? In this paper we will examine societal and cross-national variations in bully and victim rates, and characteristics (such as age and gender differences, types of cyber bullying), across a wide range of countries. Explanations of cross-national differences will be discussed in terms of the five factors in the EU Kids Online model: Cultural values [e.g. Hofstede], Education system [schools, colleges], Technological infrastructure [penetration of mobile phones, smart phones and internet], Regulatory framework [policies, legal aspects] and Socio-economic stratification [GDP, socioeconomic inequality].

Item Type: Report (Working Paper)
Subjects: Education
Medicine and health > Mental health
Social sciences
Depositing User: Anke Görzig
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2018 14:08
Last Modified: 19 May 2023 14:58


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