Cyberbullying

We need your views

Bullying is a sub-set of aggressive behaviour that involves intentional repeated aggressive behaviour to another individual, by a more powerful perpetrator. The act of bullying renders the victim defenceless which can lead to a variety of psychosocial problems.

With the emergence of new digital technologies and online communications, accessibility to the online world has increased for young people, schools and the wider community. This accessibility to digital technologies means more young people are vulnerable to online risks and dangers, one of which is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is similar to traditional bullying, although is performed through digital technologies and online mediums. In particular, it is the accessibility and anonymity online which makes cyberbullying an escalating public health concern. Involvement in cyberbullying can lead to detrimental consequences including depression, anxiety, anti-social behaviour, and in worst cases, suicide. In the school level, involvement can impact on academic achievement and attainment, demonstrating an impact at the individual, school and community level.     

It is for this reason Peter Macaulay, a Bullying UK champion decided to pursue a PhD at Nottingham Trent University in the Department of Psychology. Peter’s PhD is exploring teacher, adolescent and parental perceptions and response towards cyberbullying in the school environment.

To effectively address and manage the growing concern of cyberbullying, it is important to acknowledge and understand YOUR views as teachers and parents/guardians. As part of Peter’s programme of research for his PhD, he has developed two online surveys:

Are you a parent/guardian?

Peter is looking for all parents/guardians to complete a 15-minute online survey which will consider your perceptions and response towards cyberbullying. Please click here to access the survey.

Are you a teacher or work in a school?

Peter is looking for all teachers and/or school members of staff across primary, secondary and college institutions to complete a 15-20-minute online survey. This survey will consider your views and perceptions as teachers towards cyberbullying in the school environment. Please click here to access the survey.

Once you follow the survey link, please take time to read all the information carefully before you decide if you want to take part. Your participation would provide an important insight and the findings will be used to direct future recommendations and anti-cyberbullying initiatives.  

Peter also has developed a young person online survey to examine their perceptions and experiences towards cyberbullying. If you are a teacher/school member of staff and believe your school would be interested in distributing this survey, please contact Peter Macaulay using his contact details below:

For more information, please contact Peter Macaulay at peter.macaulay@ntu.ac.uk

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