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Inside Teaching : August 2010
Inside Teaching | June 2010 RESEARCH 44 The negative impact of bullying and cyberbullying on schooling, relationships and the emotional and psychological health of young people who are its victims can be long term. As research by Justin Patchin and Sameer Hinduja indicates, in some cases, the impact continues into early adulthood. There are also long-term implications for bullies. Research by Patchin and Hinduja, and by Judith Kulig, Barry Hall and Ruth Grant Kalischuk suggests that bullies typically exhibit higher levels of antisocial, violent and criminal behaviour in adulthood. Some background Like bullying, cyberbullying typically involves a power imbalance between an aggressor and victim, where the aggressor uses the internet, mobile phones or the like to aggressively and intentionally harm the victim. It extends beyond sending hurtful emails or text messages to include forms such as threats, social exclusion tactics, spreading rumours and circulating defamatory images of the victim. One of the key attractions of cyberbullying is the purported anonymity that the internet and other communication technologies can provide. Researchers including Adam Joinson, Susan Keith and Michelle Martin, and Polly Sparling suggest that the virtual Cyberbullying What does the research say?