New Communication Technologies and the Emergence of Cyberbullying

By Julia Wilkins, John H. Hoover, Plamen Miltenoff and Trae K. E. Downing.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This review of literature outlines the current state of knowledge on cyberbullying based on articles published online and in academic journals. Specifically, this paper describes: (a) common types of cyberbullying; (b) different technologies used for cyberbullying; (c) the proportions of school-aged victims of cyberbullying in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia; (d) the gender of cyberbullies; and (e) the emotional impact of cyberbullying. Through this exploration of current knowledge on the topic, it should be possible to identify potential solutions to this rapidly growing problem.

Keywords: Cyberbullying, Communication Technologies, Literature Review

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.407-412. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 511.620KB).

Dr. Julia Wilkins

Assistant Professor, Special Education, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Julia Wilkins was born in London, England. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Gender and Social Policy from Bristol University before moving to the United States for her doctoral work. She obtained her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. While living in Buffalo, she also earned a Master’s degree and teaching license in Special Education. She was a special education teacher for 8 years in the Buffalo public schools before moving to St. Cloud, MN, to take a faculty position in the special education department of St. Cloud State University. She is the author/co-author of three books and has been published on a variety of topics. Currently she is conducting research on cyberbullying with faculty from several different disciplines.

Dr. John H. Hoover

Interim Associate Dean, College of Education, St. Cloud State University, MN, USA

John Hoover, hailing originally from Richfield, Minnesota (USA); earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Psychology from St.Cloud State University in 1978. Two years later, he was awarded the M.S. from The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Hoover earned a Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, in 1988. He served as the Director of the Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research at the University of North Dakota from 1997 to 2001. He recently accepted an appointment at St. Cloud State, his alma mater, in Special Education; where he was elected Chair in January of 2003. In July of 2006 he was appointed Associate Dean, College of Education, on an interim basis. Hoover’s academic interests are in bullying and child-on-child aggression, transitional services to students with disabilities, and cognitive aspects of learning.

Plamen Miltenoff

Associate Professor / Information Specialist, Learning Resources and Technology Services, St. Cloud State University, MN, USA

Plamen Miltenoff, MLIS, works as an information specialist at Learning Resources & Technology Services of St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He has diplomas in histories from universities in Bulgaria, Austria, and from the University of Florids and holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the Dominican University.

Dr. Trae K. E. Downing

Associate Professor/School Counseling Program Coordinator, Counselor Education & Education Psychology, St. Cloud State University, MN, USA

Trae K. E. Downing is an Associate Professor and the School Counseling Program Coordinator in the Department of Counselor Education and Educational Psychology at St. Cloud State University, MN. He holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Nevada. His counseling experience includes designing and providing interventions for adolescents and adults with relationship and mental health challenges, and drug and alcohol addictions. He is currently conducting research on young people's experiences of cyberbullying.


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