Middle and high school teachers' perceptions of cyberbullying prevention and digital citizenship

Stephanie S. Fredrick, Samantha Coyle, Jay'ana King

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Abstract

Cyberbullying is a significant public health concern that has been associated with negative outcomes. The pandemic has increased the reliance on technology in the classroom; thus, research exploring cyberbullying in the classroom is even more important. Furthermore, it is important to understand teachers' perceptions of cyberbullying to inform efforts to support teachers in addressing cyberbullying. With a nationally representative sample of 174 teachers in the United States, a series of questionnaires were administered to investigate teachers' perceptions of cyberbullying, their preparedness to address cyberbullying, perceptions of effective strategies to address cyberbullying and whether social-emotional learning programs used in their schools incorporate digital citizenship skills. Results indicated little change in the rates of cyberbullying in schools, but that teachers reported a need for training and professional development to best support them on this topic. Implications related to teacher educator preparation programs and school based interventions targeting cyberbullying are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1958-1978
Number of pages21
JournalPsychology in the Schools
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2023

Keywords

  • cyberbullying
  • digital citizenship
  • intervention
  • prevention
  • teachers

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