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Analyzing Cyberbullying Among Preteens Within a Canadian Context

Monday, November 2, 2015

Rose Maghsoudi, Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, The University of British Columbia, Bonnymuir Dr, BC, Canada
Jennifer Shapka, Dept. of Educ. and Couns. Psych., & Spec. Educ., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cyberbullying is a health problem for adolescents, and research has shown that adolescents who experience cyberbullying may suffer from mental and emotional health problems such as depression and anxiety [1]. As younger and younger children are given access to the internet, it is important to explain and the prevalence and impact of cyberbullying on pre-adolescents. The purpose of the current study is to analyze the behaviours that comprise cyberbullying as well as to examine age and gender differences in cyberbullying. A sample of 482 students (241 boys, 232 girls) was recruited for this study. Participants were students aged 11 to 14 years of old (mean age=12.7), in Vancouver, British Columbia. Prior to data collection, parental consent and student assent forms were distributed to students in 10 schools in Vancouver, British Columbia. Participants were asked to complete the questionnaire during a regular class period, using iPad minis. As part of the larger study, a 12-item cyberbullying measurement was used. This work used different methods including correlation, principal analysis, and ANOVA. The results showed there are two key components of cyberbullying, but the effect of these components are different.  The results identified two components, which accounted for 48.2% of the total variance with adequate reliability, alphas ranging from .613 to .839. The results also indicated that older adolescents are more likely to be engaged in cyberbullying, however, there was no significant gender difference among adolescents in Western Canadian context.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Analyze the behaviours that comprise cyberbullying as well as examine age and gender differences in cyberbullying.

Keyword(s): Youth Violence, Internet

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am working for almost three years in the DCTech lab which is established by Dr. Jennifer Shapka who is a leading researcher in the area of cyberbullying,and her work explores how a virtual environment changes the nature of social interaction. I am also completing a second Master’s thesis looking at measurement issues in the field of cyberbullying. This work will be the first of its kind at UBC.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.