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1st Edition

Cyberbullying at University in International Contexts

ISBN 9781138730441
Published September 4, 2018 by Routledge
246 Pages

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Book Description

Cyberbullying is a problem that is being increasingly investigated by researchers, however, much of the cyberbullying research literature to date has focused on children and youth. Cyberbullying at University in International Contexts fills the gap in the research literature by examining the nature, extent, impacts, proposed solutions, and policy and practice considerations of bullying in the cyber-world at post-secondary institutions, where reports of serious cyberbullying incidents have become more prevalent.

This book brings together cutting-edge research from around the world to examine the issue of cyberbullying through a multi-disciplinary lens, offering an array of approaches, interpretations, and solutions. It is not solely focused on cyberbullying by and against students, but also includes cyberbullying by and against faculty members, and permutations involving both students and faculty, as well as institutional staff, presenting perspectives from students, practitioners and senior university policy makers. It draws on research from education, criminology, psychology, sociology, communications, law, health sciences, social work, humanities, labour studies and is valuable reading for graduate students in these fields. It is also essential reading for policymakers, practitioners and University administrators who recognize their responsibility to provide a healthy workplace for their staff, as well as a safe and respectful environment for their students.

Table of Contents

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Foreword - Peter Smith


Introduction: Context, Framework, and Perspective

Wanda Cassidy, Chantal Faucher, and Margaret Jackson

Part I – Nature and Extent

1. Cyberbullying Among University Students in France: Prevalence, Consequences, Coping and Intervention Strategies

Catherine Blaya

2. Relationships Among University Students / Faculty and Cyberbullying in Japan

Tomoyuki Kanetsuna, Ikuko Aoyama, and Yuichi Toda

3. Experiences of Cyberbullying at a Chilean University: The Voice of Students

Rayén Condeza, Gonzalo Gallardo, and Pablo Reyes Pérez

4. MySpace or Yours?: An Exploratory Study of Homophobic and Transphobic Cyberbullying of Post-Secondary Students

Aynsley Pescitelli

5. Power in the Tower: The Gendered Nature of Cyberbullying Among Students and Faculty at Canadian Universities

Chantal Faucher, Wanda Cassidy, and Margaret Jackson

6. Cyberbullying Within Working Contexts

Iain Coyne and Samuel Farley

Part II – Impacts

7. From Traditional Bullying to Cyberbullying: Cybervictimization Among Higher Education Students

Elisa Larrañaga, Santiago Yubero, Raúl Navarro, and Anastasio Ovejero

8. "You need a thick skin…": Impacts of Cyberbullying in Canadian Universities

Wanda Cassidy, Chantal Faucher, and Margaret Jackson

9. Student-to-Faculty Targeted Cyberbullying: The Impact on Faculty

Lida Blizard

Part III – Solutions

10. In the E-Presence of Others: Understanding and Developing Constructive Cyber-bystander Action

Loraleigh Keashly

11. The Fairness Lens: A University Ombudsperson’s Perspective on Building a Kinder Online Culture on Campus

Natalie Sharpe

12. Designing Healthy and Supportive Campus Communities: An Example from Simon Fraser University

Tara Black

13. Preventive Measures Against Cyberbullying at a University in Japan

Kenichi Kanayama and Shinji Kurihara

14. Intervening Against Workplace Cyberbullying

Samuel Farley and Iain Coyne

Part IV – Policy

15. Cyberbullying in the Australian University Context: The Shades of Harm and Implications for Law and Policy

Colette Langos and Mark Giancaspro

16. What’s Policy Got to do with It? The Focus on Cyberbullying Policy at the University Level

Margaret Jackson, Chantal Faucher, and Wanda Cassidy

17. Faculty Members Who Are Bullies

Jon Driver

18. Cyberbullying in the Sheltering Darkness of Digital Anonymity

Dov Schafer

Reflections and Conclusions

Wanda Cassidy, Chantal Faucher, and Margaret Jackson

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Dr. Wanda Cassidy (Associate Professor, Faculty of Education), Dr. Chantal Faucher (Post-doctoral fellow, Centre for Education, Law & Society), and Dr. Margaret Jackson (Professor Emerita, School of Criminology) from Simon Fraser University, Canada, have been researching cyberbullying among youth and young adults for many years. They have published a range of academic articles, research reports, and policy papers on this topic locally, nationally, and internationally. 


Cyberbullying has become a prominent issue of the last decade. Most research has been on the phenomenon in school-age children, but as this volume demonstrates, it is also prominent amongst young adults, including those at college or university. This valuable collection includes contributions from many different countries and using different methodologies. They demonstrate the negative impact that cyberbullying has, discuss risk factors, and contribute to ways of tackling it effectively. The research presented is both a challenge to all concerned to improve cyber safety, but also a valuable source of knowledge and practical actions to help do so. Peter K Smith, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Cyberbullying at University in International Contexts is essential reading for researchers, educators and policy-makers in the increasingly recognized world-wide problem of bullying at university level, among students and faculty. The consequences of cyberbullying for young people’s mental health are considered as well as innovative interventions to challenge cyberbullying when it occurs. This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural book offers many important insights all grounded in thorough research evidence. Professor Helen Cowie, University of Surrey, UK

A hugely important and timely addition to the toolbox of those researchers and practitioners who have a remit to protect the most vulnerable in our universities and beyond. Scholarly and multi-disciplinary, this work explores all of the important issues. Ground breaking and seminal. Conor McGuckin, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin, School of Education, UK