Cyberbullying Prevention and Intervention Efforts: Current Knowledge and Future Directions

Dorothy L. Espelage, Jun Sung Hong

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Abstract

Bullying is a serious public health concern that is associated with significant negative mental, social, and physical outcomes. Technological advances have increased adolescents' use of social media, and online communication platforms have exposed adolescents to another mode of bullying - cyberbullying. Prevention and intervention materials, from websites and tip sheets to classroom curriculum, have been developed to help youth, parents, and teachers address cyberbullying. While youth and parents are willing to disclose their experiences with bullying to their health care providers, these disclosures need to be taken seriously and handled in a caring manner. Health care providers need to include questions about bullying on intake forms to encourage these disclosures. The aim of this article is to examine the current status of cyberbullying prevention and intervention. Research support for several school-based intervention programs is summarised. Recommendations for future research are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-380
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume62
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017

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Keywords

  • bullying
  • cyberbullying
  • electronic aggression
  • prevention

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