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one important aspect of asymmetrical power; one's ability to keep his or her identity
unknown is a unique method of asserting dominance online that conventional bullying
disallows. This important difference may help explain the incomplete overlap in
participation of both conventional and online harassment (p. 1313).
This has ecological as well as critical implications. First, a student's peer and
technology ecological systems seem to have some unique aspects as the systems exist such
that a student can be a victim and a offender of cyberbullying abuse. This is most likely true
of the technology system as it allows a certain level of anonymity that is not afforded in
traditional settings. Factors are therefore in place that allows a student to abuse even if
they are the victims in other settings. From a critical perspective, the idea that the
oppressed is in some cases is also the oppressor is an interesting evolution that no doubt is
facilitated by technology advances.
In summary, research on cyberbullying, while emerging, is still in infancy. As a
result, there is still much about the phenomenon that needs to be examined. Further
complicating the development of understanding are the very conflicting results from
various studies. This situation alone warrants further study on the phenomenon as a
whole. Additionally, research on cyberbullying has been predominately quantitative, thus
the need for qualitative studies to draw out additional information and context for those
Research on traditional bullying is similar to cyberbullying in terms of results and
current understandings. However, there are a few distinct differences that warrant this
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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/m1/39/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .