Cyberbullying in schools: Cross-cultural issues

Smith, Peter K., Görzig, Anke ORCID: and Robinson, Susanne (2019) Cyberbullying in schools: Cross-cultural issues. In: Cyberbullying in Schools, Workplaces, and Romantic Relationships: The Many Lenses and Perspectives of Electronic Mistreatment. Routledge/Taylor-Francis., Abingdon, Oxon, UK. ISBN 9781315110554

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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 cyberbullying in different countries? What are the challenges in making comparisons and comparing rates in different countries? Finally, how can such differences be explained? This chapter will examine societal and cross-national variations in bully and victim rates, and characteristics (such as age and gender differences, types of cyberbullying), 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: Book Section
Identifier: 10.4324/9781315110554
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Cyberbullying in Schools, Workplaces, and Romantic Relationships on 13 March 2019, available online: or
Subjects: Education
Media > New media and new media theory
Social sciences
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Depositing User: Anke Görzig
Date Deposited: 07 May 2019 14:53
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2024 08:17


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