A content analysis of South Korean newspaper coverage of adolescent cyberbullying

Jong Serl Chun, Jinyung Kim, Serim Lee

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This study aims to understand the changing frameworks, perspectives and contents of cyberbullying over the years of enactment and amendments made to the School Violence Act. A total of 172 news articles published from 2004 to 2021 were first analysed by content and with a chronological segmentation strategy. In the early years, newspapers reported mostly verbal/written and sexual/visual cyberbullying, while exclusion/extortion emerged only recently. The causes of cyberbullying changed from more individual-oriented ones to societal factors. Physical and psychological harms were consistently reported, but few indicated relational harms. Nowadays, laws/policies are gaining more emphasis as a solution to cyberbullying than services and/or interventions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalChildren and Society
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF‐2018S1A5A2A01034744).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 National Children's Bureau and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • South Korea
  • adolescent
  • content analysis
  • cyberbullying
  • news coverage


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