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Cyberbullying in Cyprus

  • Andreas Kapardis
  • George Poyiadjis
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity book series (PSCYBER)

Abstract

Human behaviour, including deviant and criminal behaviour, reflects such factors as the type of society and economy as well as the age composition of the population; the technologies available and in use; risk and protective factors at the level of the individual, the family, school, and the broader community; and, finally, the priorities and emphases of agents of social control. The advent of the Internet and the explosion in the social media has vastly increased the scope for bullying, which has traditionally been talked about in the context of the school. As Baldry et al. (2016) remind us, ‘[c]yberbullying affects boys and girls of different ages all around the world since communication among peers has changed, and so have the risks of online communication’ (p. 7). Cyberbullying has been defined by Smith et al. (2008, p. 376) as ‘an aggressive act or behavior that is carried out using electronic means by a group or an individual repeatedly and over time against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself.’

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Acknowledgements

This publication and the study presented have been produced with the financial support of the DAPHNE programme of the European Union. European Daphne III Programme (Project JUST/2011/DAP/AG/3259) Tabby Trip. Threat Assessment of Bullying Behaviour among Youngsters. Transferring Internet Preventive procedures in Europe. The contents of this article are the sole responsibility of the authors of the article and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission. No conflict of interest is present.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Kapardis
    • 1
  • George Poyiadjis
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.NicosiaCyprus

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