Online Safety Research


According to Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Dr. Justin W. Patchin, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, cyberbullying is “willful and repeated harm inflicted through the medium of electronic text.” Examples of cyberbullying include sending threatening emails or instant messages, posting derogatory comments about someone on a website, sending harassing text messages via cellular phone, and physically threatening or intimidating someone through electronic text.

Doctors Hinduja and Patchin conducted a research study in 2005. Here are some of their results and conclusions:

Results from their 2005 study indicate that more than one-third of 1,388 youth studied had been victimized by cyberbullying. Among that group, the most frequent types of cyberbullying victimization included being ignored (43.2%) and disrespected (39.8%). Of most concern, however, is that almost thirteen percent of respondents reported feeling threatened, while five percent of the test group was scared for their own safety, due to some type of cyberbullying. This is cause for concern, according to Hinduja, who states that “very little is known about the causes and consequences of cyberbullying, but seems reasonable to assume that many of the outcomes associated with traditional bullying are related to cyberbullying. These can include, low self-esteem, depression, chronic illness, anger, frustration, school problems, familial problems, and suicidal ideation. We are working to empirically measure these relationships in our current research projects.”

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