Overview of cyberbullying research
Over the last decade, researchers have increasingly explored the phenomenon of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying has provided both opportunities and challenges for researchers, given the rapid change of technology and online environments in which many people spend their time. Debates regarding the definition, theoretical approach and differences between cyberbullying and traditional bullying has spurred the pursuit of comparison. This conversation in research has also provided confirmation that there are harmful psychological, social, psychical and academic consequences to those involved in cyberbullying.
Although research focusing on cyberbullying in higher education is still a reasonably new, it is necessary to ensure that evidence-based strategies are used to provide a healthier and safer online environment for the higher education community. This website provides a platform for researchers to share their most current projects, publications and reading recommendations to further enrich the cybersafety conversation. If you are a researcher and you would like to add your profile to this page, please contact the Prevent Cyberbullying team.
Current surveys and research projects
Want to be involved in research about cyberbullying? You can find some recent projects listed here:
Prevalence, Perceptions, Motivations and Response to Cyberbullying among Adolescents in Singapore
TOUCH Community Services Ltd Singapore and James Cook University, Townsville
This research seeks to understand the prevalence, perceptions and motivations of cyberbullying among adolescents. Additionally, the research will explore the coping behaviours and mental and emotional wellbeing of adolescent cyberbullying victims among Singapore youths aged 10-16 years old. Outcomes for this study will inform the design of research-based cyber wellness prevention and intervention programs. This research is funded by TOUCH Community Services
Who is researching the area of cyberbullying? The researchers listed below are at the forefront of global knowledge expansion in the area of online bullying and digital safety. You can read their biography and listed publications here. If you would like to have your profile added to this list, please contact Prevent Cyberbullying.
Carrie is a senior lecturer in Criminology at City, University of London, UK, where she researches and teaches in a number of key areas including: Youth Crime, School Violence and Bullying, Cyberbullying Across the Educational Lifespan and Victimisation Processes. She has published extensively on these topics in a range of journals and book chapters. One of Carrie's latest books, co-edited with Helen Cowie, is Bullying Among University Students; published by Routledge in 2016.
Ibrahim Tanrikulu, PhD, is an assistant professor in Psychological Counseling and Guidance Department at Gaziantep University, Gaziantep/Turkey. His interests include bullying, cyberbullying, sibling bullying prevention research. In addition to primary, middle, and high school students and university students, he conducts research on bullying prevention in preschool level. Currently, he is editing the first research book in Turkish on cyberbullying prevention.
Margaret's research on cyber safety and mental health is grounded in her understanding that mental health is everyone’s business. Margaret is currently leading a project that rethinks how the curriculum can better support students’ mental health and how promotion, prevention and early intervention strategies can be integrated into the culture of higher education institutions.
Marilyn Campbell’s research expertise is in anxiety disorders in children and adolescents and in bullying, especially cyberbullying. She also researches in mental health issues for young people involving web-based counselling and promoting resilience in intellectually disabled children and adults. Marilyn is a registered psychologist and teacher. Her research into cyberbullying has been one of the first internationally and in Australia.
Rosario del Rey is Associate Professor of the Developmental and Educational Psychology Department at the Educational Sciences Faculty of the University of Seville and researcher of the IASED (Interpersonal Aggression and Socio-Emotional Development). Her main lines of investigation are about convivencia, bullying and cyber-bullying and, more recently, sexting and other risks associated with virtual environments.
A list of books, guides, papers and other material about cyberbullying in higher education that our researchers recommend for further reading.
Stay Smart Online
A guide that provides tips and techniques for you to stay secure when working or socialising online.
Wanda Cassidy, Chantal Faucher & Margaret Jackson, 2017
This research article provides rich descriptions of the types of cyberbullying and impacts of cyberbullying on post-secondary students, faculty, and administrators in Canadian universities.
Justin W. Patchin & Sameer Hinduja, 2015
Written by experts in cyberbullying prevention, this book provides strategies for teens dealing with cyberbullying as well as for those who have taken part in bullying others.
TOUCH Cyber Wellness, 2018
Four CRuSH Explorer Story Books, a CRuSH Explorer Activity Book and a Parents' Guidebook to help parents teach good screen-time habits to preschool children (4-6 years old).
Carrie-Anne Myers & Helen Cowie, 2019
This article discusses how harm from cyberbullying can impact students across their entire educational lifespan. Additionally, the article presents recommendations for future research and the implementation of helpful interventions.
Connectivity and digital inclusion in Far North Queensland’s agricultural communities: policy-focused report
Amber Marshall, Allan Dale, Hurriyet Babacan,
Michael Dezuanni, 2019
This report provides comprehensive findings and recommendations to improve the digital inclusion of people living in rural Far North Queensland.