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This addition adds three important elements to the criteria that are seen throughout
the various academic and legal definitions. First, it includes an electronic element to the
term technology. Without this addition, the criteria are incomplete, as the criteria could be
used to simply characterize traditionally bullying. Using an object to strike another person,
physically, would still constitute using technology (according to the previously discussed
definition of the term "technology"). Secondly, the added criteria bring in the element of
communication, or the transfer of messages between a sender and a receiver. While this
may be inferred based on the criteria "intended to hurt (by the perpetrator) be perceived
as hurtful (by the victim)", a clearly defined sense of communication can only add to the
completeness and thoroughness of the criteria list. Lastly, is the inclusion of the term
"technology", where the use of a tool aids in the efficiency of accomplishing a task. In the
case of cyberbullying, the task is the harassment of another person(s).
5.4 Legal Definitions
In this section, the results from the analysis of the legal definitions are discussed.
What follows first is a discussion of the top ten most common terms found in the
definitions. The next section discusses the interpretations of the themes found from the
emergent, inductive, coding as detailed in Chapter 3. In the discussion on the themes,
excerpts from the definitions are given to provide additional context for the discussion.
5.4.1 What are the Most Common Terms Found in Legal Definitions of the Term
In Chapter 4, the word frequency with the top 50 words was listed from the legal
definitions. In this section, the top eleven (11) words, are discussed as these a
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