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Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2012 Oct;15(10):527-33. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0207. Epub 2012 Sep 24.

Cyberbullying among primary school students in Turkey: self-reported prevalence and associations with home and school life.

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Child Study Center, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06510-2715, USA.


The current study examined the self-reported prevalence and nature of cyberbullying and victimization among second, third, and fourth grade students (N=372) and explored associated features of home and school life. Of the children in the current sample, 27 percent had been victims of cyberbullying, 18 percent had been aggressors, and 15 percent had been both cyberbullies and victims. Boys were significantly more likely to carry out cyberbullying than girls. Cyberbullying exposure (as both a bully and a victim) was significantly associated with low levels of self-reported school satisfaction (bullies odds ratio [OR]: 2.45; victims OR: 2.10; p<0.05) and achievement (bullies OR: 3.85; victims OR: 3.47, p<0.05). Paternal unemployment was also associated with a three-fold increase in the likelihood of being a cyberbully. Increased awareness and regulation is now required within schools and within the home to tackle this escalating problem.

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