Cyberbullying : bullying in the digital age /

"Psychologists explore the reality of cyberbulliesMillions of children are affected by bullies each year. Advances in social media, email, instant messaging, and cell phones, however, have moved bullying from a schoolyard fear to a constant threat. The second edition of Cyberbullying offers the...

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Main Author: Kowalski, Robin M.
Other Authors: Limber, Sue., Agatston, Patricia W.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
Edition: 2nd ed.
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The rapid growth of the Web has produced an epidemic of cyberbullying among youth in the US. Widespread Internet harassment is forcing teachers, psychologists, school administrators, and parents, as well as the victims themselves, to deal with a complex set of practical dilemmas. The authors (Kowalski and Limber, psychology, Clemson; Agatston, a school prevention specialist) provide a clear, concise, comprehensive overview of the academic research on cyberbullying, along with considerable real-world guidance on the development and implementation of school-wide anti-bullying policies. The authors stress the importance of parental communication and oversight, combined with pro-active educational strategies. This book's extensive review of current academic research on the social dynamics underlying cyberbullying is particularly beneficial in revealing such complexities as the gender and ethnic patterns of online bullying, the types of students most likely to be involved in this activity, and the ways that fellow students can discourage, or encourage, bullying. The chapters entitled "What Parents Can Do" and "What Educators Can Do" will be useful for readers who are confronted with this misbehavior, as will the book's up-to-date outline of the US's evolving legal landscape. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. T. H. Koenig Northeastern University

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