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Indian J Pediatr. 2017 May;84(5):364-368. doi: 10.1007/s12098-016-2256-2. Epub 2016 Dec 13.

Cyberbullying Among Greek High School Adolescents.

Author information

1
Department of Pediatrics, 424 General Military Hospital, Ring Road, 564 29 N. Efkarpia, Thessaloniki, Greece. giomatha@yahoo.gr.
2
Department of Pediatrics, 424 General Military Hospital, Ring Road, 564 29 N. Efkarpia, Thessaloniki, Greece.
3
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 424 General Military Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece.
4
Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.
5
Clinic of Developmental and Social Pediatrics, 3rd Pediatric Department, Hippokration Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the presence of cyberbullying among Greek students and the efficacy of proposed preventive interventions.

METHODS:

Three types of high schools (private, experimental and public) with different politics on on-line aggression were enrolled. All students of the aforementioned schools were asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Around 62 % of the high school students experienced cyberbullying by electronic means, especially by cell phone, mostly the public school students (p 0.008). The bully was a stranger in more than 40 % of the cases. Over 60 % of the victims had not seeked help but dealt with the attack on their own. Only 20 % of the victims manifested sleep or eating disorders, physical/ psychological symptoms or changes in their social life as a consequence of the cyber-attack.

CONCLUSIONS:

Cyberbullying is a usual phenomenon among high school students. The bully is frequently unacquainted to the victim. Most of the victims are not physically or psychologically affected by the cyber-attack and do not share the event with anyone. There was a slight difference in the response of the students to cyberbullying among the different school politics of on-line aggression.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; Cyberbullying; Internet

PMID:
27957645
DOI:
10.1007/s12098-016-2256-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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