Family Relationships and Cyberbullying

  • Sofía BuelgaEmail author
  • Belén Martínez-Ferrer
  • Gonzalo Musitu


This chapter analyzes the relationship between family and cyberbullying, a type of technological harassment among peers which is of growing concern in the scientific community and in today’s society. First, this chapter discusses factors associated with family functioning that may predict cyberbullying, particularly the family climate (cohesion, expressivity, and conflict) and parent–children communication. It also examines the role of parental socialization styles and their continuity with parental styles on the Internet: authoritarian style, laissez-faire, permissive and authoritative. In relation to parental styles, one section in this chapter describes the parental monitoring of Internet use and the various types of parental mediation strategies used by parents to control their children’s online behavior. The chapter ends with a section on preventing cyberbullying in the family itself. It concludes that parent–children communication helps create a positive family climate to implement emotionally suitable socialization styles and, in short, to prevent risky behaviors in children.


Family relationships Family climate Family communication Parental styles Cyberbullying Adolescence 



This study forms part of Research Project PSI2012-33464 “school violence, dating violence, and parent–children violence in adolescence from the ecological perspective,” subsidized by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and Project SM-I-16/2014 “Preventing suicide and depression in adolescent victims of CB in the Valencian Community,” subsidized by the Regional Valencian Ministry of Health (Spain).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sofía Buelga
    • 1
    Email author
  • Belén Martínez-Ferrer
    • 2
  • Gonzalo Musitu
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social PsychologyUniversity of ValenciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Education and Social PsychologyPablo de Olavide UniversitySevilleSpain
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyPablo de Olavide UniversitySevilleSpain

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