Analyzing Patterns Within Academic and Legal Definitions: a Qualitative Content Analysis of the Term "Cyberbullying" Page: 91
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follows the victim(s) home into the most private of environments. There is no escaping the
abuse, except by distancing oneself from all forms of electronic communication. This action
to avoid the abuse is becoming increasing difficult in a culture that is seeing exponential
ubiquitous usage of these types of technologies.
Another fashion in which electronic communication technologies magnify the abuse
is the sharing capabilities of these technologies. Never before has humanity been able to
easily and widely distribute any type of information. In a single click of a mouse or touch of
a screen, people are able to post anything to the Internet, in some cases soliciting millions
of views. This ability substantially magnifies the ability for an offender to share a harassing
communication with the world. No longer is bully relegated to relatively small populations
such as a school, but now the abuse can be magnified to include the entire world
population who has access to such digital content. All of the academic definitions make
reference to the use of electronic communication technology in some fashion. Below are
several examples of definitions illuminating this theme:
* Using the Internetto harass and bully others. (Agatston et al.,2007)
* The use of the Internet or other digital communication devices to insult or
threaten someone. (Juvoven and Gross, 2008)
* Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the medium of electronic text.
(Patchin and Hinduja, 2006)
* Aggression that occurs through the modern technological devices and specifically
mobile phones or the Internet. (Slonje and Smith, 2007)
* An aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using
electronic forms of contact, repeated or over time against a victim who cannot
easily defend himself or herself. (Smith et al., 2008)
* Being cruel to others by sending or posting harmful material or engaging in
other forms of social aggression using the Internet or other digital technologies.
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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/m1/92/: accessed February 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .