The Role of Parental Mediation and Peer Norms on the Likelihood of Cyberbullying

Hagit Sasson, Gustavo Mesch

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    Cyberbullying is a disturbing behavior associated with the use of communication technologies among adolescents. Many studies have been devoted to the activities of cyber victims as risk factors, while others have considered parental mediation a protective factor. However, there is a paucity of studies investigating the joint contribution of parental mediation, peer norms and risky online activities to the likelihood of being bullied on the Internet. To fill this gap, we conducted a study among a representative sample of 495 sixth to eleventh grade adolescents. We measured risky behavior online with items indicating the frequency of posting personal details, sending an insulting message and meeting face-to-face with a stranger met online. Respondents reported their perceptions about their peers. attitudes toward these risky online behaviors. We also measured three types of parental mediation: active guidance, restrictive supervision and non-intervention. Binary logistic regression findings show that risky online behaviors and peer norms regarding these behaviors had a significant effect, suggesting that the likelihood of being bullied on the Internet is associated with both risky behavior online and the norms prevalent within the adolescents. peer group. Restrictive supervision had a significant effect, implying that parents who feel their children are being bullied online may increase their oversight. The results emphasize the critical role of peers and the declining influence of parents in adolescence.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)15-27
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Genetic Psychology
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 2 Jan 2017

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    • cyber-victims
    • cyberbullying
    • parental mediation
    • peer norms

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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