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Youth and Children's Studies and Psychology at Laurier Brantford


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Cyberbullying occurs when computer and mobile technologies are used to intentionally harm others. When communicating online there are two basic motivations for online aggression: whether they are posting mean things with intention to harm, or whether they are engaging in these behaviours to defend themselves. This research found that the majority of teenagers are not intentionally mean; rather, they are navigating a world of miscommunication that lends itself to retaliation that spirals out of control in aggressive ways. A small percentage of teens are deliberately malicious and require special intervention. When educating teens about cyberbullying it is important to understand their reasons for engaging because how we respond to someone who is deliberate in their attacks is completely different from how we respond to someone who is hurtful because they are defending themselves.


This summary is part of a joint project between the Knowledge Mobilization Unit and Scholars Commons at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University. Laurier promotes the use of knowledge mobilization to maximize the impact of Laurier research on public policy, professional practice and community engagement. This summary was written by Shawna Reibling.

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