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What is Digital Cultural Capital

Sociological Perspectives on Educating Children in Contemporary Society
A form of capital that involves knowledge of the workings of technology and the socially acceptable ways of communication that take place in cyberspace.
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Encountering New Risks in Educating Children in the Contemporary Society: The Risk of Cyberbullying
Selin Atalay (Izmir Bakircay University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1847-2.ch002
This chapter assesses the phenomenon of cyberbullying as a risk involved in educating children in the contemporary world. While online technologies become a vital part of teenagers' worlds, cyberbullying is becoming a significant problem. In this chapter, cyberbullying is regarded as a social issue that builds on the existing social structures and hierarchies inherent in societies. A sociological perspective is used in analyzing bullying and cyberbullying in relation to power, various forms of capital, and the gender order. The discussion also takes a critical stance and focus on technology as a social construct. Cyberbullying studies conducted in Turkey, which is defined as a ‘lower use, some risk' country for children and prevention strategies against cyberbullying will also be subject to analysis in this chapter. This discussion proposes that a sociological analysis of the underlying mechanisms will be useful in establishing a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of cyberbullying as a social issue.
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