Cyberbullying: Another main type of bullying?
Article first published online: 26 NOV 2007
© 2007 The Authors.
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
Volume 49, Issue 2, pages 147–154, April 2008
How to Cite
SLONJE, R. and SMITH, P. K. (2008), Cyberbullying: Another main type of bullying?. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 49: 147–154. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2007.00611.x
- Issue published online: 22 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 26 NOV 2007
- Received 11 September 2006, accepted 22 May 2007
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Cyberbullying has recently emerged as a new form of bullying and harassment. 360 adolescents (12–20 years), were surveyed to examine the nature and extent of cyberbullying in Swedish schools. Four categories of cyberbullying (by text message, email, phone call and picture/video clip) were examined in relation to age and gender, perceived impact, telling others, and perception of adults becoming aware of such bullying. There was a significant incidence of cyberbullying in lower secondary schools, less in sixth-form colleges. Gender differences were few. The impact of cyberbullying was perceived as highly negative for picture/video clip bullying. Cybervictims most often chose to either tell their friends or no one at all about the cyberbullying, so adults may not be aware of cyberbullying, and (apart from picture/video clip bullying) this is how it was perceived by pupils. Findings are discussed in relation to similarities and differences between cyberbullying and the more traditional forms of bullying.