Wanted: cyberbullying messages

Date: 26 November 2013

Introduction: Cyberbullying, or hurting someone with insulting messages sent via the internet or a mobile phone, is a growing problem for young people. Various studies indicate that one in ten Flemish young people have recently been victims of cyberbullying.

Several research groups at the universities of Antwerp, Leuven and Ghent are working together on the scientific project AMiCA (Automatic Monitoring for Cyberspace Applications) to develop a system that automatically recognises critical situations like cyberbullying behaviour on social networking sites in order to guarantee a safe internet environment for young people.

In order to determine what cyberbullying is and how it can be recognised, we need sufficient research data related to online bullying behaviour. We are therefore asking victims and witnesses of cyberbullying, parents and teachers to make available as many messages as possible that they consider to be cyberbullying. Those messages can be emails, text messages, chat conversations or messages sent via Facebook, Netlog, Twitter and/or Ask.fm. The data will be treated anonymously and will only be used for internal research. Under no circumstances will the data be given to third parties.

We want to thank everyone who can help us identify online cyberbullying behaviour as quickly as possible.

Cyberbullying messages can be sent by email to the AMiCA research team.

Link: http://www.amicaproject.be