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Bullying and Cyberbullying: Conceptual Controversy in Brazil

  • André Pereira Neto
  • Leticia Barbosa
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Abstract

Bullying is generally defined as a violent, intentional, and repeated act in school environments based on an imbalanced power relationship. Cyberbullying is an aggressive and intentional behavior over the Internet against people who cannot easily defend themselves. The two phenomena may have negative consequences for the physical and psychological health of the victims. This chapter will provide a conceptual discussion about the definition of the two social phenomena: bullying and cyberbullying. To that effect, we searched international and Brazilian bibliographic databases with a view toward retrieving a sample of the academic work on this subject. National and international studies were categorized into three groups: those that attribute uniqueness to bullying, those who understand that the two phenomena have similarities, and those that give cyberbullying its specificity. This chapter reveals that Brazilian studies have analytical perspectives not addressed by specialized international literature.

Keywords

Internet Bullying Cyberbullying Literature review Brazilian studies International studies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • André Pereira Neto
    • 1
  • Leticia Barbosa
    • 2
  1. 1.National School of Public HealthOswaldo Cruz FoundationRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Institute of Scientific and Technological Communication and Information in HealthOswaldo Cruz FoundationRio de JaneiroBrazil

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