Special Issue "Cyber-Victimization Prevention among Adolescents"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021) | Viewed by 34593
Interests: media education; information society; lifelong learning; school; cybersafety
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Adolescent Internet practices have been studied extensively at an international level almost throughout the last two decades. Two main perspectives have been used to look at phenomena concerning young internet users: the perspective of opportunities and the perspective of risks. One of those risks is the possibility for young people to be the victims of aggressive acts conducted via new media instruments, such acts of cyberbullying, cyber harassment, online hate speech, cyber stalking, cyber-racism, etc.
Some of those aggressive online acts take place within the traditional peer group (e.g., school class) and are therefore new forms of school bullying, which has been a well-established and researched concept since the mid-1970s. However, online aggression may easily extend traditional peer relations, as the Internet environment also provides possibilities to form new kinds of social relations with peers and adults. Such contacts are not part of the offline network, due to, for instance, the public mode of communication in many internet spaces, such as social media. Additionally, the online world brings with it numerous mechanisms that potentially make online aggressive acts more harmful for the victims, such as the possibility to perform these aggressive acts (relatively) anonymously, the potentially large amount of spectators, and the opportunities to spread and save content easily so that harmful messages can be still visible to the victims and others even years after they were put online. Numerous studies, including big comparative ones such as EU and Global Kids Online, have shown that online victimization in many cases harms the mental health of those who are affected by it.
This Special Issue has two main objectives. The first is to present research or concept papers showing the phenomenon of online victimization among adolescents in terms of definitions, typologies, and specificity (compared to face-to-face aggression). The second objective is to report the strategies and measures that are aimed at counteracting online victimization at all stages: purely preventive actions (aimed at, for instance, supporting positive relations online and normative behavior), actions aimed at supporting young people when they witness online aggression against their peers, and/or strategies to support those who were already victimized.
With this scope, we invite scholars to submit papers focused on the following topics:
- Cyber-victimization in adolescents—new definitions, typologies, mechanisms;
- Comparisons of traditional bullying victimization and cyberbullying victimization and overlap of both phenomena;
- Strategies to support bystanders of online aggressive acts;
- Psychological and social mechanisms specific of cyber-victimization (also experimental and longitudinal studies);
- Consequences of cyber-victimization in adolescents;
- Strategies adopted by adolescent cyber-victims;
- Policies (at national regional and school level) and legal actions concerning cyber-victimization;
- Support actions for cyber-victims and their effectiveness.
Dr. Jacek Pyżalski
Dr. Sara Pabian
Dr. Łukasz Tomczyk
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