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Inside Teaching : August 2010
www.atra.edu.au | email@example.com RESEARCH 49 email – 41 per cent. The study found chatrooms to be the most common method reported by male participants – 52 per cent – whereas for females cyberbullying was more evenly distributed across emails – 47 per cent, mobile phones – 43 per cent, social networking sites – 46 per cent, and chatrooms – 42 per cent. Across the sample, the most prevalent forms of cyberbullying were name-calling – 80 per cent, abusive comments – 67 per cent, and spreading rumours – 66 per cent. The least common was circulating embarrassing or defamatory images of the victim – 19 per cent. While name-calling showed little difference by age or gender, the study found abusive comments to be signifcantly more common among victims aged 15 to 16 years, and among females. Females also reported signifcantly higher levels of being the victims of rumours and having their opinions ‘slammed’ online. What about the relationship between cyberbullying and traditional bullying, and victims as bullies? The study found that 51 per cent had also been bullied face-to-face by their cyberbully. The majority – 71 per cent – claimed to know who their bully was, with a further 14 per cent unsure. The study also