“People think it’s a harmless joke”: young people’s understanding of the impact of technology, digital vulnerability and cyberbullying in the United Kingdom

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Betts, Lucy R. and Spenser, Karin A. 2016. “People think it’s a harmless joke”: young people’s understanding of the impact of technology, digital vulnerability and cyberbullying in the United Kingdom. Journal of Children and Media. https://doi.org/10.1080/17482798.2016.1233893
AuthorsBetts, Lucy R. and Spenser, Karin A.
Abstract

Young people's technology use has increased exponentially over the last few years. To gain a deeper understanding of young peoples' experiences of digital technology and cyberbullying, four focus groups were conducted with 29 11- to 15-year-olds recruited from two schools. Interpretative phenomenological analysis revealed three themes: impact of technology, vulnerability and cyberbullying. Technology was seen as a facilitator and a mechanism for maintaining social interactions. However, participants reported experiencing a conflict between the need to be sociable and the desire to maintain privacy. Cyberbullying was regarded as the actions of an anonymous coward who sought to disrupt social networks and acts should be distinguished from banter.

KeywordsCyberbullying; Online vulnerability; Risk
Year2016
JournalJournal of Children and Media
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN17482798
1748-2801
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/17482798.2016.1233893
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621044
hdl:10545/621044
Publication dates24 Sep 2016
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Deposited23 Nov 2016, 14:56
Accepted02 Sep 2016
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