Examination of Cyberbullying Experiences among Turkish Students from Different School Types


TOPCU C., ERDUR BAKER O., ÇAPA AYDIN Y.

CYBERPSYCHOLOGY & BEHAVIOR, cilt.11, ss.643-648, 2008 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 11 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2008
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1089/cpb.2007.0161
  • Dergi Adı: CYBERPSYCHOLOGY & BEHAVIOR
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.643-648

Özet

The purpose of this study was to examine the nature of cyberbullying experiences among public and private school students in Turkey. One hundred eighty-three participants between the ages of 14 and 15 were recruited for the study. Participants were asked to respond to questionnaires measuring demographic information, usage frequency of Internet-mediated communication tools (IMCT), and cyberbullying experience (as a victim and as a bully). Participants who reported cyberbullying victimization were also asked how they felt and whether they sought help after such experiences. Results indicated that public school students were more likely than private school students to report being cyberbullies and cybervictims despite that private school students were more likely than public school students to report more frequent usage of IMCT. The findings of the logistic regression analyses indicated that usage frequency of IMCT was a significant predictor of cyberbullying/ victimization for public school students but not for private school students. While victims from private school revealed that they did not mind the cyberbullying experience because they thought it was a joke, victims from public school reported that they felt angry when they experienced cyberbullying. Both public and private schools indicated that friends were their first choice for help.