Circumscribing cyberbullying: Toward a mutual definition and characterizations of aggression, assault, and recklessness via telecommunications technology

Yolande Robinson*, Wayne Petherick

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Abstract

Online aggression came to the attention of researchers following a study of American students that was the first to identify Internet chat rooms and email as modalities for bullying. Since that time, another term was added to our lexicon for violent and antisocial behavior-cyberbullying-and is now widely considered an emergent and significant problem. Thus far, literature has failed to agree on a universal definition for "cyberbullying" and many definitions proffered refer directly back to traditional bullying and consider online aggression an extension of traditional bullying. The intentions of the current chapter authors are to contribute to the burgeoning amount of literature on this important area to discuss the importance of a consensus about the definition and conceptualization of online aggression, and to offer a workable and theoretically sound term that is appropriate and relevant to the generally accepted paradigm of cyberbullying.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe psychology of criminal and antisocial Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationVictim and offender perspectives
EditorsW Petherick, G Sinnamon
PublisherElsevier
Pages321-342
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780128095775
ISBN (Print)9780128092873
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2017

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    Robinson, Y., & Petherick, W. (2017). Circumscribing cyberbullying: Toward a mutual definition and characterizations of aggression, assault, and recklessness via telecommunications technology. In W. Petherick, & G. Sinnamon (Eds.), The psychology of criminal and antisocial Behavior: Victim and offender perspectives (pp. 321-342). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-809287-3.00010-9