Narrative Understanding Technologies for Intervention Against Cyberbullying

  • Jamie C. MacbethEmail author


Prevention and intervention against cyberbullying among young people is a challenging and complex problem for parents, schools, and social media providers. Cyberbullying prevention campaigns provide general advice and encouragement, but often the most moving appeals against cyberbullying are videos and messages recorded by regular people and celebrities in which they describe their own real and personal experiences with cyberbullying. In this chapter we discuss a computerised collection of real narratives about cyberbullying that were contributed by visitors to a website as part of an anti-cyberbullying campaign. The database of stories can be used as a resource for victims of cyberbullying and for the education of perpetrators by allowing visitors to search for stories relevant to their situation. The narrative collection can also be used to inform the behaviour of intelligent agents built into the software of a social media platform to detect cyberbullying and intervene against it. For these applications to be practical, the software system must be able to match stories to a query from a user or to a set of interactions between users on the social media platform. We discuss current efforts and future challenges of computer-based story matching, topic modelling, parsing, and building computing systems to apply commonsense knowledge to understand and match stories to each other, in similar ways to people.



The author thanks Henry Lieberman and the editors of this volume for their thoughtful comments on draft versions of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceSmith CollegeNorthamptonUSA

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