“This book's extensive review of current academic research on the social dynamics underlying cyberbullying is particularly beneficial in revealing such complexities as the gender and ethnic patterns of online bullying, the types of students most likely to be involved in this activity, and the ways that fellow students can discourage, or encourage, bullying.” (Choice, 1 November 2012)
- Stan Davis, author of Schools Where Everyone Belongs and Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention
Accurate information is empowerment. With this book, Kowalski, Limber and Agatston empower all of us to cut through the hype around cyberbullying and address it intelligently and with the sensitivity it requires.
- Anne Collier, Editor for NetFamilyNews.org and Co-Director of ConnectSafely.org
This book provides an eloquent mix of research theories and findings, together with actual experiences, in the important area of cyberbullying. It is especially strong in well-developed and comprehensive chapters about what parents and educators can do, to reduce both the likelihood of cyberbullying happening, and its negative consequences.
- Peter K. Smith, Goldsmiths, University of London
From the Back Cover
Bullying affects millions of children throughout the world each year. Recent advances in technology have led to greater prevalence of cyberbullying using e-mail, instant messages, social networking sites, and other digital messaging systems. The second edition of Cyberbullying provides the most current information on the nature and prevalence of this quickly-evolving issue that causes unique challenges and concerns for children, parents, and educators.
Examining the latest research and methods for studying this issue, the authors have utilized vital studies involving over 3,500 middle-school students, online research projects on cyberbullying, and data from focus groups of victims, perpetrators, and their parents. This edition includes updated and expanded empirical data; coverage of the newest digital venues where cyberbullying is appearing, including social networking sites; and a look at occurrences of cyberbullying among adults and among children with disabilities. The book also covers sexting and some of the legal issues surrounding it.
The authors – internationally known experts in the field – provide practical tips for parents and educators on how to prevent cyberbullying through family and classroom discussions about proper online behavior. They also offer suggestions for successful intervention techniques in cyberbullying episodes that stem from their own work, research, and experiences.
About the Author
Robin M. Kowalski, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Clemson University. She is the author or coauthor of several books including Complaining, Teasing, and Other Annoying Behaviors (2003), Social Anxiety (1997), Aversive Interpersonal Behaviors (1997), Behaving Badly (2001), and The Social Psychology of Emotional and Behavioral Problems (2000).
Susan P. Limber, Ph.D., is the Dan Olweus Professor at the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life and Professor of Psychology at Clemson University. She has published numerous articles on the topic of bullying. In 2004 she received the American Psychological Association's Early Career Award for Psychology in the Public Interest.
Patricia W. Agatston, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Prevention Specialist with the Cobb County School District's Prevention/Intervention Center in Marietta, Georgia. She was a participant in the CDC's Expert Panel on Electronic Media and Youth Violence, and has presented nationally and internationally on cyberbullying.