The Social and Legal Aspects of Cyberbullying among University Students – Professor Helen Cowie, University of Surrey
The Social and Legal Aspects of Cyberbullying among University Students. Students within the university sector are ‘digital natives’. Technology is not ‘new’ or ‘alien’ to them, but rather it is an accepted and normalised part of everyday life. With this level of expertise and competence, we could assume that university students are in full control of their relationships in the online world. However, in recent years there has been a growing realisation that, for some students at least, the online world is a very dangerous place. The age of the students is of key importance here too, as those in higher and further education are young adults, rather than children in need of parental support. From this perspective, the university as an institution has a duty of care to its students in their learning environment. In this talk, I consider the social and cultural contexts which either promote or discourage cyberbullying among university students. Finally, the implications for policies, training and awareness-raising are discussed along with ideas for possible future research in this under researched area.
Professor Helen Cowie is Emeritus Professor in the Health and Social Care division of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey. She is concerned with the promotion of emotional health and well-being in children and young people and is a world authority on bullying in schools, the home and the workplace. Professor Cowie is co-editor of Bullying Among University Students, published by Routledge in 2016 and is currently preparing a new book for Routledge on the subject of school bullying.
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