Cyberbullying: A Sociological Approach

Cyberbullying: A Sociological Approach

José Neves (University of Minho, Portugal) and Luzia de Oliveira Pinheiro (University of Minho, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/jte.2010070103
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Abstract

Cyberbullying has become a major social concern because it raises questions about technoethics. It has been the subject of research, information and prevention activities for different groups to protect against the misuse of technology, and because of that, this paper is based on an exploratory study about the sociological phenomenon of cyberbullying among Portuguese university students. The paper stresses the connection between the concepts of bullying and cyberbullying while promoting a flexible epistemological model that highlights the emerging nature of these phenomena based on the theoretical contribution of Gregory Bateson. In the end, the authors present the main conclusions of the empirical study.
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Cyberbullying: A Sociological Approach

The cyberbullying has become a major social concern because raises questions about the ethical use of technology. In recent years, has been the subject of research and information and prevention activities for different groups such as governmental and non-governmental organizations, schools and parents’ associations to protect against the misuse of technology. This issue has become so important that the media also understood the importance of encouraging debate about it. Based on its magnitude, in the present work, our goal is to describe the phenomenon and present some results of an empirical study (Pinheiro, 2009).

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