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ERIC Number: EJ1137358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Assessing Cyberbullying in Higher Education
Kamali, Ali
Information Systems Education Journal, v13 n6 p43-53 Nov 2015
This project aims to expose information educators to various aspects of cyberbullying for the purpose of policy development in an environment of higher education. The preponderance of nation-wide research on cyberbullying is concentrated on adolescents; such efforts in college campuses are limited to individual endeavors. Cyberbullying research on college campuses lacks a unified definition of the concept. Although the states mandated most school districts to develop and enact some sort of policy, the law is silent on the college level cyberbullying. According to the literature, "cyberbullying" is reserved for adolescents; however, "cyber-harassment" or "cyberstalking" are related to adults. While cyberbullying shares with conventional bullying intimidation, aggression, and harm, it is unique because (1) the encounter is not face-to-face; (2) the perpetrator can employ varied means (e.g., cellphones, texts, blogs, Internet, social media, etc.); and (3) the act can be undisclosed. The data was collected from a random sample of 511 students (out of a student population of approximately 6,000) in a Midwestern town by employing self-administered questionnaire. It was found that engagement with different social network groups and online communications with those with questionable identity are good predictor of increased vulnerability to the risks of being victimized. The data suggests being victimized leads to victimization. Although males differ from females in terms of the type and the extent of cyberbullying, no significant difference was found among the categories of student status or their class ranks.
Information Systems and Computing Academic Professionals. Box 488, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. e-mail: publisher@isedj.org; Web site: http://isedj.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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