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Cyberbullying in the Global Playground: Research from International Perspectives

Qing Li (Editor), Donna Cross (Editor), Peter K. Smith (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3376-3
326 pages
February 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Cyberbullying in the Global Playground provides the first global, in-depth analysis of the emerging phenomenon of cyberbullying.

  • Offers the first thorough comparative account of recent research into the emerging global phenomenon of cyberbullying
  • Provides an international perspective on the prevalence and nature of cyberbullying
  • Presents recent authoritative research within a critical perspective, drawing out theoretical and practical implications for policy and practice
  • May be used to help design intervention, evaluation, and policy strategies for effective efforts to combat the international phenomenon of cyberbullying
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Table of Contents

About the Editors vii

About the Contributors ix

Preface xii

Part I Introduction 1

1 Research Into Cyberbullying: Context 3
Qing Li, Peter K. Smith, and Donna Cross

Part II European Studies Within a DAPHNE Project 13

2 Comparative Aspects of Cyberbullying in Italy, England, and Spain: Findings From a DAPHNE Project 15
Maria Luisa Genta, Peter K. Smith, Rosario Ortega, Antonella Brighi, Annalisa Guarini, Fran Thompson, Neil Tippett, Joaquín Mora-Merchán, and Juan Calmaestra

3 Self-Esteem and Loneliness in Relation to Cyberbullying in Three European Countries 32
Antonella Brighi, Giannino Melotti, Annalisa Guarini, Maria Luisa Genta, Rosario Ortega, Joaquín Mora-Merchán, Peter K. Smith, and Fran Thompson

4 Cyberbullying in Finland 57
Christina Salmivalli and Virpi Pöyhönen

Part III Studies in Commonwealth Countries 73

5 Cyberbullying in Australia: Is School Context Related to Cyberbullying Behavior? 75
Donna Cross, Therese Shaw, Melanie Epstein, Helen Monks, Julian Dooley, and Lydia Hearn

6 Predicting Student Behaviors: Cyberbullies, Cybervictims, and Bystanders 99
Qing Li and Tak Fung

Part IV Studies in the USA 115

7 An Examination of the History, Prevalence, Characteristics, and Reporting of Cyberbullying in the United States 117
Brett Holfeld and Mark Grabe

8 Cyberbullying in the United States 143
Sheri Bauman

Part V Studies in the Pacific Rim 181

9 Cyberbullying in Japan: Cases, Government Reports, Adolescent Relational Aggression, and Parental Monitoring Roles 183
Ikuko Aoyama, Shoka Utsumi, and Motohiro Hasegawa

10 Cyberbullying in South Korea 202
Neil Tippett and Keumjoo Kwak

Part VI The Psychological Context of Cyberbullying 221

11 Virtual but not Less Real: A Study of Cyberbullying and Its Relations to Moral Disengagement and Empathy 223
Ana Almeida, Isabel Correia, Sylvie Marinho, and D’Jamila Garcia

12 Cyberbullying and Traditional Bullying: Unique, Additive, and Synergistic Effects on Psychological Health Symptoms 245
Ersilia Menesini, Pamela Calussi, and Annalaura Nocentini

13 Motives for Bullying Others in Cyberspace: A Study on Bullies and Bully-Victims in Austria 263
Petra Gradinger, Dagmar Strohmeier, and Christiane Spiel

Part VII Research and Intervention in Cyberbullying 285

14 Understanding and Preventing Cyberbullying: Where Have We Been and Where Should We Be Going? 287
Donna Cross, Qing Li, Peter K. Smith, and Helen Monks

Index 306

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Author Information

Qing Li is Associate Professor of Educational Technology in the Faculty of Education, University of Calgary. Li is among the first Canadian researchers to study cyberbullying.

Donna Cross is the Foundation Professor of Child and Adolescent Health in the School of Exercise Biomedical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, and Director of the University's Child Health Promotion Research Center.

Peter K. Smith is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

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“The book is full of valuable information.  There are few books on cyberbullying based on large cohorts of students that can be used as a guide to design intervention and policy strategies to combat the international phenomenon of cyberbullying; this is therefore a welcome addition.”  (Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 1 September 2013)

This book is a must-read for anyone concerned about recent international research on the emerging phenomenon of cyberbullying. The authors present an excellent aggregation of studies on the prevalence and nature as well as on the underlying mechanisms and effects of this specific kind of violent behavior.

Georges Steffgen, Université du Luxembourg


This book presents state-of-the-art integration of thinking and research on cyber-bullying around the world by key practitioners, orchestrated, introduced, and future-paced by three editors renowned in the study of bullying.

Michael Bond, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


This is a wonderful and enriching addition to the library for researchers, educators, policy makers and evaluators on the significant and emerging field of cyberbullying.  It captures current thinking in the field from widely known and regarded international  researchers.

Phillip Slee, Flinders University

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