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ERIC Number: ED563625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 192
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3035-4251-0
Perceptions of Cyberbullying Management within Southern California Independent Middle Schools: A Multiple Case Study
Lyons, Suzanne Shaw
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, California Lutheran University
Cyberbullying among students has become a serious issue for school communities, partly due to ubiquitous Internet access, instant messaging, and a myriad of social media websites that provide infinite ways to abuse, threaten, and insult others. In some cases, students have been cyberbullied so brutally that adolescent victims even contemplate or commit suicide. The central focus of this research study was to describe how school leaders are effectively managing and reducing the number of cyberbullying incidents. The researcher implemented a qualitative multiple case study design and interviewed teachers, parents, and administrators at three independent middle schools in southern California. Findings revealed that school leaders take immediate action to resolve incidents, but that their ability to consistently monitor student online communication is exceedingly difficult. Since victims can experience continued repercussions even after an incident has been addressed, more follow-through with victims and perpetrators is needed as well as uncovering the root cause of incidents to more effectively resolve situations. Furthermore, school intervention that is well intentioned can sometimes perpetuate or act as a catalyst for repercussions on the victims, and parent responses and involvement can sometimes impede successful management by school leaders. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California