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Cyberbullying Perceptions and Experiences in Diverse Youth

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We report results from a study that fills gaps in cyberbullying research regarding: 1) diverse youths’ cyberbullying perceptions and experiences, and 2) youths’ cyberbullying-related self-disclosure online. Our study surveyed the relationship between youths’ online self-disclosure practices and their cyberbullying experiences, finding a significant correlation between cyberbullying and the amount and type of information disclosed online. We also found racial differences in youths’ self-disclosure. Focus group discussions with LGBTQ+ youths explored these issues in more depth. We found distinctive perspectives about accountability, disclosure management, and witness-victim effects.


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    To calculate the disclosure score, we assigned 1 point for each sharing option identified, and 0 points if participant did not report sharing with one of these target types. When respondents selected the “none” option, the entire item was scored as 0. Thus, each of the 30 items received a score from 0 to 4. Participants’ responses for each item were then summed to create a scale that ranged from 0 (non-discloser) to 120 (high-discloser).


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We thank our participants for their insights and participation in this important work. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 0916152 and 1421896. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Edwards, A., Edwards, L., Martin, A. (2020). Cyberbullying Perceptions and Experiences in Diverse Youth. In: Corradini, I., Nardelli, E., Ahram, T. (eds) Advances in Human Factors in Cybersecurity. AHFE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1219. Springer, Cham.

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