On Technology Against Cyberbullying

  • Janneke M. van der ZwaanEmail author
  • Virginia Dignum
  • Catholijn M. Jonker
  • Simone van der Hof
Part of the Information Technology and Law Series book series (ITLS, volume 24)


Technology is one of the modalities to regulate antisocial online behavior such as cyberbullying. It is unknown what characteristics of effective technology against cyberbullying are and to what extent existing Internet safety technologies can be expected to protect against cyberbullying. Both these issues are addressed in this chapter. First, we propose a framework that consists of desired characteristics for technology against cyberbullying. The framework is derived from important topics that emerge from the literature on Internet safety technology and cyberbullying. Second, the framework is used to discuss the expected effectiveness of existing Internet safety technologies. The results indicate that existing Internet safety technologies are not effective against cyberbullying, mainly because they have been designed for other online risks than cyberbullying. Existing Internet safety technologies primarily target access to undesirable content. Their success in protecting against cyberbullying, which is mostly communication-based, is therefore limited.


Online Activity Online Behavior Traditional Bully Persuasive Technology Sexual Solicitation 
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This work is funded by NWO under the Responsible Innovation (RI) program via the project ‘Empowering and Protecting Children and Adolescents Against Cyberbullying’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janneke M. van der Zwaan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Virginia Dignum
    • 1
  • Catholijn M. Jonker
    • 1
  • Simone van der Hof
    • 2
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Center for Law in the Information SocietyLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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