Narratives in Research and Interventions on Cyberbullying among Young People

This book describes innovative ways to do research about, and design interventions for, cyberbullying by children and adolescents. It does this by taking a narrative approach.

How can narrative research methods complement the mostly quantitative methods (e.g. surveys, experiments, ….) in cyberbullying research? And how can stories be used to inform young people about the issue and empower them? Throughout the book, special attention is paid to new information and communication technologies, and the opportunities ICTs provide for narrative research (e.g. as a source of naturally occurring stories on cyberbullying), and for narrative health interventions (e.g. via Influencers).

The book thus integrates research and insights from the fields of cyberbullying, narrative methods, narrative health communication, and new information and communication technologies.

The editors are MIOS professor dr. Heidi Vandebosch and prof. dr. Lelia Green of the Edith Cowan University. 

Several MIOS researchers collaborated to this book: dr. Sara Bastiaensens, prof. dr. Charlotte J.S. De Backer, dr. Ann DeSmet, Gaëlle Ouvrein, dr. Sara Pabian, prof. dr. Karolien Poels, dr. Katrien Van Cleemput

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Introduction. Heidi Vandebosch and Lelia Green

Part I Cyberbullying

Research on Cyberbullying: Strengths and Limitations, Peter K. Smith

Cyberbullying Prevention, Detection and Intervention, Heidi Vandebosch

Part II Narratives

Narrative Research Methods, Particularly Focused upon Digital Technology Use in Everyday Life, Lelia Green, Kathleen Van Royen and Anne Vermeulen

Narrative Health Communication, Hans Hoeken and Hanny den Ouden

Part III Narrative Research Methods in Cyberbullying Research

Generating Personal Stories on Negative Online Peer Interactions Through a Photo-Elicitation Method, Sara Pabian and Sara Erreygers

“Were You Cyberbullied? Let Me Help You.” Studying Adolescents’ Online Peer Support of Cyberbullying Victims Using Thematic Analysis of Online Support Group Fora, Sara Bastiaensens, Katrien Van Cleemput, Heidi Vandebosch, Karolien Poels, Ann DeSmet and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij

Designs on Narrative: A Design-Based Method to Elicit Young People’s Narratives About Electronic Image-Sharing Issues and Interventions, Dianne V. Hawk, Patricia Cardoso, Donna Cross and Joelie Mandzufas

Part IV Narratives in Cyberbullying Interventions Aimed at Young People

Storytelling as a Liminal Space: Using a Narrative Based Participatory Approach to Tackle Cyberbullying Among Adolescents, Irene White, Mairéad Foody and James O’Higgins Norman

‘The Things You Didn’t Do’: Gender, Slut-Shaming, and the Need to Address Sexual Harassment in Narrative Resources Responding to Sexting and Cyberbullying, Amy Shields Dobson

Narrative Understanding Technologies for Intervention Against Cyberbullying, Jamie C. Macbeth

Part V Narratives and Community-Level Responses

Celebrities’ Experience with Cyberbullying: A Framing Analysis of Celebrity Stories in Online News Articles in Teen Magazines, Gaëlle Ouvrein, Heidi Vandebosch and Charlotte J. S. De Backer

Victim, Rival, Bully: Influencers’ Narrative Cultures Around Cyberbullying, Crystal Abidin

“Judge Me, Or Be There For Me”: How Can Narratives Be Used to Encourage Action and Intervention by Parents, Schools, the Police, Policymakers, and Other Children?  Lelia Green

Narratives of Industry Responses to Cyberbullying: Perspectives on Self-regulation from and About the Industry, Tijana Milosevic, Brian O’Neill and Elisabeth Staksrud