Cyberbullying: insights and age comparisons from a youth-led study in England

Tarapdar, Saima and Kellett, Mary (2013). Cyberbullying: insights and age comparisons from a youth-led study in England. Childhood Indicators Research, 6(3) pp. 461–477.



Abstract This paper discusses the findings of a youth-led study into the nature and prevalence of cyberbullying. Over 1,500 young people participated in the research which compared the experiences of two age groups - 12–13 year-olds and 14–15 year-olds - in nine regions of England. The dissipation of adult-youth power relations resulting from data accessed youth-to-youth and the foregrounding of young people’s insider perspectives enabled amore nuanced understanding of the issues to be generated. 40 % of the older youth group and 35 % of the younger age group reported being affected by cyberbullying. Results indicated age differentiators around risk statuses, coping strategies and skill-sets. Older youth were shown to experience higher levels of cyberbullying and aggressive methods, use peer-to-peer support and independent means such as internet provider reporting procedures to address the problem. Younger youth faced more discrete and traditional forms of cyberbullying, exhibited less knowledge for self-protection, and were more likely to seek help from parents.

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