An analysis of multiple factors of cyberbullying among junior high school students in Taiwan

Yun Yin Huang*, Chien Chou

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Cyberbullying, as a serious kind of repeated, intentional, and harmful aggressive behavior, cannot be ignored. In light of the limited studies and inconsistent findings on the matter, this study explores cyberbullying's frequency and other factors (gender, academic achievement, types of technologies used, and anonymity) relevant to both the issue itself and the East Asian context. The interrelationship of different roles (bullies, victims, and bystanders) in cyberbullying is also examined. A survey was conducted with 545 Taiwan junior high school students. The results indicate that male students were more likely to bully others in cyberspace and that cyberbullying was not affected by one's level of academic achievement. Regarding the various technologies and various country-specific cyberbullying forms pertinent to technology users, instant messenger (IM) users experienced significantly more cyberbullying than users of other technologies. The survey results also indicate that the anonymity of cyberbullying was not a pertinent factor. The study found that the dominant attitude toward cyberbullying was indifference, raising alarms about the lack of cyberbullying prevention. Peers, who were the people most teenagers would likely turn to when experiencing cyberbullying, usually took no action because of their tendency to avoid conflicts and to maintain group harmony. In its interpretation of the findings, this study emphasizes Taiwan's context, including Confucian philosophy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1581-1590
Number of pages10
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2010

Keywords

  • Academic achievement
  • Anonymity
  • Cyberbullying
  • Instant messenger
  • Peer support
  • Technology

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