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Societies 2015, 5(2), 384-398; doi:10.3390/soc5020384

Mobile Technologies and the Incidence of Cyberbullying in Seven European Countries: Findings from Net Children Go Mobile

Centre for Social and Educational Research, Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman, Dublin 7, Ireland
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Academic Editors: Conor Mc Guckin and Lucie Corcoran
Received: 22 February 2015 / Revised: 26 March 2015 / Accepted: 15 April 2015 / Published: 27 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cyberbullying: Where Are We Now? A Cross-National Understanding)
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The harmful effects of bullying and harassment on children have long been of concern to parents, educators, and policy makers. The online world presents a new environment in which vulnerable children can be victimized and a space where perpetrators find new ways to perform acts of harassment. While online bullying is often considered to be an extension of persistent offline behavior, according to EU Kids Online (2011), the most common form of bullying is in person, face-to-face. With the rise in use of mobile Internet technologies, this balance is changing. Increased levels of use and more time spent online accessed through a variety of devices has increased children’s exposure to a range of online risks, including cyberbullying. This article presents the findings of the Net Children Go Mobile project, a cross-national study of children aged 9–16 in seven European countries. The research builds on the work of EU Kids Online and supports the identification of new trends in children’s online experiences of risk and safety. The study finds that while overall levels of bullying have remained relatively static, levels of online bullying have increased, particularly among younger teens. The relationship between cyberbullying and the use of mobile Internet technologies is examined and factors contributing to increased levels of cyberbullying are highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: Net Children Go Mobile; cyberbullying; Internet safety; coping and resilience Net Children Go Mobile; cyberbullying; Internet safety; coping and resilience
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O'Neill, B.; Dinh, T. Mobile Technologies and the Incidence of Cyberbullying in Seven European Countries: Findings from Net Children Go Mobile. Societies 2015, 5, 384-398.

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