Using Animated Scenarios to Explore Severity of Cyberbullying and Reporting Readiness

Sillence, Elizabeth (2014) Using Animated Scenarios to Explore Severity of Cyberbullying and Reporting Readiness. In: OzCHI 2014, 2-5 December 2014, Sydney, Australia.

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Cyberbullying is a growing social problem especially amongst school aged children facilitated by the prevalent use of communication technology. This paper examines (a) the extent to which cyberbullying incidents are distinguishable by perceived severity and (b) the role of perpetrator anonymity on such perceptions of severity. Sixty six female school students (age 10-12 years) were shown animated scenarios depicting mobile phone based cyberbullying scenarios. Measures of severity and likelihood to report the incident were taken. The findings show that children were able to distinguish between different levels of severity of cyberbullying and were influenced by the anonymity of the perpetrator, with anonymous perpetrator scenarios being rated as more severe than known perpetrators. Bystanders rated scenarios with the same severity as victims but were less likely to report.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elizabeth Sillence
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2014 14:08
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 05:52

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