1st Edition

Cyberbullying through the New Media Findings from an international network

Edited By Peter K. Smith, Georges Steffgen Copyright 2013
    320 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    320 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    320 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    Cyberbullying is one of the darker and more troubling aspects to the growing accessibility of new media technologies. Children in developed countries engage with cyberspace at younger and younger ages, and the use of the internet as a means to bully and harass has been greeted with alarm by educationalists, parents, the media, and governments.

    This important new book is the result of a four-year international collaboration, funded by the EU, to better understand how we can cope and confront cyberbullying, and how new media technologies can be used to actually support the victims of such abuse. The articles initially define the historical and theoretical context to cyberbullying, before examining key issues involved in managing this pervasive phenomenon. Coverage includes: 

    • The definition and measurement of cyberbullying.

    • The legal challenges in tackling cyberbullying across a number of international contexts.

    • The role of mobile phone companies and Internet service providers in monitoring and prevention

    • How the media frame and present the issue, and how that influences our understanding.

    • How victims can cope with the effects of cyberbullying, and the guidelines and advice provided in different countries.

    • How cyber-bullying can continue from school into further education, and the strategies that can be used to prevent it.

    • The ways in which accessing 'youth voice', or maximising the contribution of young people themselves to the research process, can enhance our understanding

    The book concludes with practical guidance to help confront the trauma that cyberbullying can cause. It will be a valuable resource for researchers, students, policy makers and administrators with an interest in how children and young people are rendered vulnerable to bullying and harassment through a variety of online channels.


    Preface. Introduction. 1. Peter K Smith, Georges Steffgen, Ruth Sittichai, The nature of cyberbullying, and an international network. Definition and Measurement. 2. Ersilia Menesini, Annalaura Nocentini, Benedetta Emanuela Palladino, Herbert Scheithauer, Anja Schultze-Krumbholz, Ann Frisén, Sofia Berne, Piret Luik, Karin Naruskov, Rosario Ortega, Juan Calmaestra, Catherine Blaya, Definitions of cyberbullying. 3. Ann Frisén, Sofia Berne, Anja Schultze-Krumbholz, Herbert Scheithauer, Karin Naruskov, Piret Luik, Catarina Katzer, Rasa Erentaite, Rita Zukauskiene, Measurement issues: A systematic review of cyberbullying instruments. Regulation and the media. 4. Marilyn Campbell, Ales Zavrsnik, Should cyberbullying be criminalized? 5. Iain Coyne, Vasiliki Gountsidou, The role of the industry in reducing cyberbullying. 6. Heidi Vandebosch, Roma Simulioniene, Magdalena Marczak, Anne Vermeulen, Luigi Bonetti, The role of the media. Coping and guidelines. 7. Conor Mc Guckin, Sonja Perren, Lucie Corcoran, Helen Cowie, Francine Dehue, Anna Ševčíková, Panayiota Tsatsou, Trijntje Völlink. Coping with cyberbullying: How can we prevent cyberbullying and how victims can cope with it. 8. Mona O’Moore, Donna Cross, Maritta Valimaki, Ana Almeida, Sofia Berne, Marjo Kurki, Dorit Olenik-Shemesh, Tali Heiman, Gie Deboutte, Hildegunn Fandrem, Gitte Stald, Efi Sygkollitou, Marta Fulop, Guidelines to prevent cyber-bullying: A cross-national review. Research challenges. 9. Helen Cowie, Sheri Bauman, Iain Coyne, Carrie Myers, Maili Pörhölä, Ana Almeida, Cyberbullying amongst university students: an emergent cause for concern?  10. Barbara Spears, Angela Costabile, Antonella Brighi, Rosario Del Rey, Maila Pörhölä, Virginia Sanchez, Christiane Spiel, Fran Thompson, Positive uses of new technologies, in relationships in educational settings. 11. Barbara Spears, Jette Kofoed, Transgressing research binaries: Youth as knowledge brokers in cyberbullying research. 12. Donna Cross, Marilyn Campbell, Phillip Slee, Barbara Spears, Amy Barnes, Australian research to encourage school students’ positive use of technology to reduce cyberbullying. 13. Vera Boronenko, Zehra Ucanok, Phillip Slee, Marilyn Campbell, Donna Cross, Maritta Valimaki, Barbara Spears, Training researchers: visits and training schools. Commentaries. 14. Justin W. Patchin, Sameer Hinduja, Cyberbullying Research: standing on the shoulders of international giants. 15. Anders Eklund, Susan Flocken, Practitioner commentary from ETUCE. 16. Keith Sullivan, Addressing cyberbullying through more effectively bridging research and practice. Index


    Peter K. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He chaired COST Action IS0801 on Cyberbullying (2008-2012), and is currently PI of a European-Indian Network project on bullying, cyberbullying, and school safety and wellbeing (2012-2015). His research interests are in social development, school bullying, play and grandparenting.

    Georges Steffgen is a professor at the University of Luxembourg. He directs a research group on aggression – especially violence in school and cyberbullying – as well as approaches to health promotion. He has been project manager of national and international scientific projects on violence in school and anger. He authored and co-authored more than 40 papers in international journals and books, and he is editor or co-editor of 14 books. He co-chaired COST Action IS0801 on Cyberbullying.