Analyzing Patterns Within Academic and Legal Definitions: a Qualitative Content Analysis of the Term "Cyberbullying" Page: 99
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representation of the codes and subsequent themes that will be discussed in the following
section. If the word was previously discussed in section 5.2.1, the word is listed, but a
description can be found in the aforementioned section.
The word "electronic" had 41 occurrences within fourteen (14) definitions. See
section 220.127.116.11 for a full description.
The word "student" had 33 occurrences in 14 definitions. The word use can be
defined as "scholar, learner; especially: one who attends a school" (Merriam-Webster's
online dictionary, n.d.). This word is used to describe the victim in order to provide context
for the location, and the environment in which the victim is a part of. This is due, in part, to
protect a student's right to an education. In state legislation with regards to cyberbullying,
the act is viewed as something that disrupts the educational environment. Therefore,
defining the victim as a student allows the law to be written a way that addresses the
harassment as taking place in or directly pertaining to the educational environment.
The word "school" had 28 occurrences within 14 definitions. The word use can be
defined as "an institution for the teaching of children" (Merriam-Webster's online
dictionary, n.d.). Along with the above description of the word "student", this word is used
as an effort to situate the abuse within school environment.
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Winn, Matthew R. Analyzing Patterns Within Academic and Legal Definitions: a Qualitative Content Analysis of the Term "Cyberbullying", dissertation, August 2013; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc283860/m1/100/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .