Analyzing Patterns Within Academic and Legal Definitions: a Qualitative Content Analysis of the Term "Cyberbullying" Page: 12
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1.1 Introduction to the Problem
There are a large number of questions in about cyberbullying that remain to be
answered. For example, why are students cyberbullied? How does it affect them and their
families? How does the school environment play a role in the prevention, or lack thereof of
cyberbullying among its students? How does cyberbullying influence relationships among
peers, or visa versa?
These are all important questions to ask about cyberbullying. Presently, there exists
an emerging body of research in cyberbullying, a body of research that is relatively new
with many studies coming in the last few years. As a result, the literature on this topic is
limited, and there is a substantial need for more studies that begin to explore more issues
related to cyberbullying as well as more studies that strive to represent the victim's voice
in the process. However, in order to coherently talk about the concept and how it impacts
students, it is important that we understand how it is defined in educational settings as
well as in the legal sphere.
One of the most cited definitions of cyberbullying is "an aggressive, intentional act
carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly or over
time against a victim who cannot easily defend himself or herself' (Smith et al., 2008).
While many definitions of cyberbullying that have emerged since the advent of wide access
to the Internet in the 1990s, one thing is clear; students use technology to hurt one another.
This type of abuse is not new; however, advances in technology are expanding it beyond
the school, following students home in their pockets, backpacks, and home computers.
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/13/: accessed November 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .