Cyberbullying: Definitions and Facts from a Psychosocial Perspective

  • Anastasio OvejeroEmail author
  • Santiago Yubero
  • Elisa Larrañaga
  • María de la V. Moral


We are now living in the Gutenberg Galaxy, which has completely changed our lives, especially in the case of youths. Adolescents increasingly use social networks, like Twitter or Facebook, where self-presentation plays an essential role (personal data, photos, etc.). However, some people use such information and photos to harm others, either as a joke or for other purposes. Therefore, despite positive Internet features, cyberspace exposes young people to many online risks among cyberbullying stands out given the negative consequences of these interactions. In this chapter, we analyze this new form of aggressive behaviorthrough electronic communication, especially among adolescents. In the next pages we review the definition of cyberbullying, the similarities and differences between bullying and cyberbullying, the different ways to prevent cyberbullying, and we include a social psychology perspective on cyberbullying.


Cyberbullying Social psychology Bullying Prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anastasio Ovejero
    • 1
    Email author
  • Santiago Yubero
    • 2
  • Elisa Larrañaga
    • 3
  • María de la V. Moral
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ValladolidValladolidSpain
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education and HumanitiesUniversity of Castilla-La ManchaCuencaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social WorkUniversity of Castilla-La ManchaCuencaSpain
  4. 4.Department of Social PsychologyUniverstiy of OviedoOviedoSpain

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