Cyberbullying Experiences Among Marginalized Youth: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go Next?

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Cyberbullying experiences are a social and health concern that many children and adolescents are facing in their day-to-day lives. One limitation of cyberbullying research is that studies have predominately focused on the experiences of youth from majority groups (i.e., European-American youth living in the U.S.). This limitation is addressed by focusing on cyberbullying involvement, both as victims and perpetrators, among marginalized groups. Specifically, studies examining cyberbullying among youth with disabilities and from ethnic, cultural and sexual minority backgrounds are presented. Furthermore, suggestions for future research on cyberbullying experiences among youth are outlined, namely taking into consideration the intersectionality of various identities and the identification of factors that may protect vulnerable children and adolescents from the pain of being victimized online.

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Espinoza, G., Wright, M. Cyberbullying Experiences Among Marginalized Youth: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go Next?. Journ Child Adol Trauma 11, 1–5 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-018-0207-y

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Keywords

  • Cyberbullying
  • Marginalized youth
  • Disabilities
  • Ethnic minorities
  • LGBTQ youth