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Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3481-4
294 pages
April 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Psychologists explore the reality of cyberbullies

Millions of children are affected by bullies each year. Advances in social media, email, instant messaging, and cell phones, however, have moved bullying from a schoolyard fear to a constant threat. The second edition of Cyberbullying offers the most current information on this constantly-evolving issue and outlines the unique concerns and challenges it raises for children, parents, and educators. Authored by psychologists who are internationally recognized as experts in this field, the text uses the latest research in this area to provide an updated, reliable text ideal for parents and educators concerned about the cyberbullying phenomenon.

 

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Foreword vi

John Halligan

Preface ix

1 Introduction 1

2 Children’s Experiences with Traditional Forms of Bullying 18

3 What Is Cyberbullying? 56

4 Current Research on Cyberbullying 89

5 What Parents Can Do 118

6 What Educators Can Do 155

7 Laws and Policies 187

8 Conclusion 223

References 233

Author Index 262

Subject Index 271

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Robin M. Kowalski, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Clemson University. She is the author or coauthor of several books including Complaining, Teasing, and Other Annoying Behaviors (2003), Social Anxiety (1997), Aversive Interpersonal Behaviors (1997), Behaving Badly (2001), and The Social Psychology of Emotional and Behavioral Problems (2000).

Susan P. Limber, Ph.D., is the Dan Olweus Professor at the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and Professor of Psychology at Clemson University. She has published numerous articles on the topic of bullying. In 2004 she received the American Psychological Association's Early Career Award for Psychology in the Public Interest.

Patricia W. Agatston, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Prevention Specialist with the Cobb County School District's Prevention/Intervention Center in Marietta, Georgia. She was a participant in the CDC's Expert Panel on Electronic Media and Youth Violence, and has presented nationally and internationally on cyberbullying.

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“This book's extensive review of current academic research on the social dynamics underlying cyberbullying is particularly beneficial in revealing such complexities as the gender and ethnic patterns of online bullying, the types of students most likely to be involved in this activity, and the ways that fellow students can discourage, or encourage, bullying.”  (Choice, 1 November 2012)

This indispensable book shows us the reality of young peoples' digital lives and presents a wide range of specific, practical, and research-based interventions to build online safety, reduce harm, and help youth develop positive digital citizenship. Highly recommended!
- Stan Davis, author of Schools Where Everyone Belongs and Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention

Accurate information is empowerment. With this book, Kowalski, Limber and Agatston empower all of us to cut through the hype around cyberbullying and address it intelligently and with the sensitivity it requires.
- Anne Collier, Editor for NetFamilyNews.org and Co-Director of ConnectSafely.org

This book provides an eloquent mix of research theories and findings, together with actual experiences, in the important area of cyberbullying. It is especially strong in well-developed and comprehensive chapters about what parents and educators can do, to reduce both the likelihood of cyberbullying happening, and its negative consequences.
- Peter K. Smith, Goldsmiths, University of London

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April 13, 2012
Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age

Bullying affects millions of children throughout the world each year. Recent advances in technology have led to greater prevalence of cyberbullying using email, instant messages, social networking sites, and other digital messaging systems. The second edition of Cyberbullying provides the most current information on the nature and prevalence of this quickly-evolving issue that causes unique challenges and concerns for children, parents, and educators.

Examining the latest research and methods for studying this issue, the authors have utilized vital studies involving over 3500 middle-school students, online research projects on cyberbullying on blogs, and data from focus groups of victims, perpetrators, and their parents. This edition includes updated and expanded empirical data; coverage of the newest digital venues where cyberbullying is appearing, including social networking sites; and a look at occurrences of cyberbullying among adults and among children with disabilities. The book also covers sexting and some of the legal issues surrounding it.

The authors--internationally known experts in the field--provide practical tips for parents and educators on how to prevent cyberbullying through family and classroom discussions about proper online behaviour. They also offer suggestions for successful intervention techniques in cyberbullying episodes that stem from their own work, research, and experiences.

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