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Cyberbullying: Safety and Ethical Issues Facing K-12 Digital Citizens

Cyberbullying: Safety and Ethical Issues Facing K-12 Digital Citizens
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Author(s): Terry Diamanduros (Georgia Southern University, USA) and Elizabeth Downs (Georgia Southern University, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 26
Source title: Developing Safer Online Environments for Children: Tools and Policies for Combatting Cyber Aggression
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1684-3.ch003

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Abstract

This chapter describes cyberbullying with a focus on K-12 students. Cyberbullying has evolved with the increased use of information and communication technology. As electronic information becomes more a part of everyday life, there has been a negative aspect to the use of computers and mobile technology. Cyberbullying presents a complex set of issues that can negatively impact students' safety and wellbeing. Cyberbullying includes many of the same issues as traditional bullying but extends the aggression beyond the physical schoolyard. In addition to the cyberbully perpetrator, these aggressive acts include cybervictims and often find the cyberbully-victims who move from victim to perpetrator. This chapter explores the safety and ethical issues facing K-12 schools and the challenges associated with this electronic form of aggression.

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