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What makes a bully a cyberbully? unravelling the characteristics of cyberbullies across twenty-five European countries

Görzig, Anke and Ólafsson, Kjartan (2013) What makes a bully a cyberbully? unravelling the characteristics of cyberbullies across twenty-five European countries. Journal of Children and Media, 7 (1). pp. 9-27. ISSN 1748-2798

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17482798.2012.739756

Abstract

The characteristics of bullies who act face-to-face and those who do so in cyberspace were compared directly in one sample across twenty-five countries. The role of cross-country differences in technological infrastructure was also explored. Cyberbullies compared to face-to-face bullies were more likely to engage in risky online activities, spend more time online, and found it easier to be themselves online. Private access to the internet did not make a difference. Gender differences showed girls more likely to be cyber- than face-to-face bullies if they have a profile on a social networking site. Age and internet ability beliefs were also positively but not independently associated with cyberbullying. Cross-country differences were small and patterns remained mostly stable across countries, suggesting that individual and not country-level characteristics are pivotal in explaining cyberbullying.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1748279...
Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2014 09:11
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2019 23:05
Projects: SIP-KEP-321803
Funders: European Commission (DG Information Society) Safer Internet plus Programme
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58632

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