Journal of Social Sciences

Cyberbullying Victimization and Behaviors Among Girls: Applying Research Findings in the Field

Patricia A. Snell and Elizabeth K. Englander

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2010.510.514

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 6, Issue 4

Pages 510-514

Abstract

Problem statement: Prior research on cyberbullying has been conducted; however specific research on gender differences has yet to be examined. The current study focuses on gender trends, specifically females, in cyberbullying victimization and behaviors. Approach: A survey was given to undergraduate students at Bridgewater State College in an effort to see what gender trends exist in cyberbullying behaviors. A pilot program focused on girls and cyberbullying is also examined in this article. Results: Preliminary results from both the survey and the pilot study have shown gender differences in regards to cyberbullying victimization and behaviors. Results suggest that females are more often involved in cyberbullying activities both as victims and perpetrators. Conclusion: The current study has found evidence of gender trends in regards to females and cyberbullying behaviors. Future research needs to be conducted to further examine the gender trends emerging in cyberbullying related behaviors.

Copyright

© 2010 Patricia A. Snell and Elizabeth K. Englander. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.