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The insulting Internet: Universal access and cyberbullying

: Pieper, A.K.; Pieper, M.


Universal access in the information society 16 (2017), No.2, pp.497-504
ISSN: 1615-5289
Journal Article
Fraunhofer FIT ()

With the growing popularity of online communication, a certain harassment can be observed to increasingly disavow the positive implications of an universally accessible cyberspace: cybermobbing or cyberbullying. Cybermobbing by digital information and communication technologies can be looked atâin spite of many common characteristics with the classic harassmentâas an independent form which is derived from the phenomenon of the analogous harassment. As a result, the findings which were acquired in terms of classic bullying are valid for cybermobbing as well until they are modified or refuted. The main research concern of this study is thus to circumscribe the peculiarities of a phenomenon of Internet abuse known as cybermobbing or cyberbullying within a comparative reference framework. In the course of these treatises, the online disinhibition effect will be elaborated as the mainspring of an insulting Internet. Finally, the role of bystanders of cybermobbing will be explored in more detail.