Aricak, T., S. Siyahhan, A. Uzunhasanoglu, S. Saribeyoglu, S. Ciplak, N. Yilmaz and C. Memmedov
- Year of Publication: 2008
- Title: Cyberbullying among Turkish Adolescents (this article is published in Cyberpsychology & Behavior Journal Volume 11, Number 3, 2008)
- Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
- Brief summary:
This study surveyed 269 secondary school Turkish students on their engagement in cyberbullying and coping strategies for cyberbullying. The after school survey, called the Questionnaire of Cyberbullying (QoCB), was developed by the researchers. It was administered to 134 boys and 135 girls between 6th and 10th grade from four different schools in Istanbul.
It was found that 35.7% of the students displayed bully behaviors, 23.8% of the students displayed bully-victim behaviors and only 5.9% of the students were victim behaviors. The study found a positive relationship between the frequency of Internet use and certain forms of cyberbullying (i.e. sending infected emails and saying things online that would not be said face-to-face). It also found more male cyberbullies than girls. As for coping strategies, 25% of the students reported telling their peers and parents about the cyberbullying incident, and 30.6% of the students reported finding active solutions such as blocking the harasser. The research findings are aligned with other studies conducted on cyberbullying in United States and Canada.
- Key point 1 (page ref.: 258) – Cyber bullying is an issue not only of a person’s security online but also of his or her virtual and/or immediate social relations;
- Key point 2 (page ref.: 258) – The ability to anonymously interact on the Inter-net contributes to a lower self-awareness in individuals and may lead them to react impulsively and aggressively to other individuals online;
- Key point 3 (page ref.: 258) – As students spent more time on the Internet, they were more likely to send infected e-mails and say things online that would not be said face to face.
- Key point 4 (page ref.: 258) – The more frequent the use of internet, the less students think of getting caught for cyberbullying.
- Good quotations to use (page ref.: 259): “Cyberbullying is a global phenomenon that must be addressed by international research. In addition, cyberbullying is a multifaceted problem that requires further study and additional measures to determine how to prevent it.”