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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(12), 251; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7120251

What Parents Can Do to Prevent Cyberbullying: Students’ and Educators’ Perspectives

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Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
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Centre for Education, Law and Society, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC V3T 0A3, Canada
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School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
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Received: 30 October 2018 / Revised: 24 November 2018 / Accepted: 26 November 2018 / Published: 28 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family, Bullying and Cyberbullying)
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This article presents findings related to the role parents can play in the prevention of cyberbullying and the promotion of cyber-kindness. The findings are drawn from a study conducted at a private school in Western Canada, involving 177 student survey participants in Grades 8 through 10 (including both day students and boarding students) and interviews with 15 educators employed at the same school. Findings relate to parental supervision of computer usage, students’ willingness to inform parents about cyberbullying, and how students and educators view the role of parents in relation to the prevention of cyberbullying and the promotion of cyber-kindness. Education, dialogue, relationship strengthening, computer usage monitoring, and partnerships between schools and parents are emphasized as solutions, which are highly consistent with the existing research literature on this topic. Additionally, the study reveals the particular vulnerability of boarding students to cyberbullying victimization and perpetration. View Full-Text
Keywords: cyberbullying; prevention; cyber-kindness; parents; K-12; private school; boarding students; information and communication technology cyberbullying; prevention; cyber-kindness; parents; K-12; private school; boarding students; information and communication technology
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Cassidy, W.; Faucher, C.; Jackson, M. What Parents Can Do to Prevent Cyberbullying: Students’ and Educators’ Perspectives. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 251.

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