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ERIC Number: EJ1158914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-3894
Perceptions of Cyberbullying: An Assessment of Perceived Severity among College Students
Sobba, Kristen N.; Paez, Rocio Alejandra; ten Bensel, Tusty
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v61 n6 p570-579 Nov 2017
Cyberbullying research has typically been focused on specific areas, such as victimization, offender characteristics and typologies, and psychological effects for victims; however, perceived severity of cyberbullying has been studied less extensively. Using data on college students, the present study expands the current knowledge on perceived severity of cyberbullying by examining the way in which age, gender, race, type of high school attended before college, prior online victimization, and previous cyberbullying engagement influenced college students' perceived severity of cyberbullying. Overall, the results indicate that college students considered cyberbullying to be a serious societal problem. Older individuals, females, those who attended public schools, and individuals who experienced cyberbullying victimization were found to be more likely to view cyberbullying as a serious problem than their counterparts. In addition, findings from this study revealed that even though college students perceive cyberbullying as a serious problem, the majority of those who have witnessed cyberbullying incidents would not report it to the police. Based on the findings, policy implications and practices to prevent future cyberbullying victimization are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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