Skip navigation

Cyberbullying in schools: cross-cultural issues

Cyberbullying in schools: cross-cultural issues

Smith, P.K., Görzig, Anke ORCID: 0000-0002-7623-0836 and Robinson, Susanne (2019) Cyberbullying in schools: cross-cultural issues. In: Giumetti, Gary W. and Kowalski, Robin M., (eds.) Cyberbullying in Schools, Workplaces, and Romantic Relationships. Routledge/Taylor-Francis.. (doi:

35409_GORZIG_Cyberbullying_in_schools_Cross-cultural_issues.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (298kB) | Preview


Although the great majority of research studies on cyberbullying have been carried out in western countries (Zych, Ortega & del Rey, 2015), the issue is recognised to be an international one. There has been a tradition of research in the Asian Pacific Rim countries (Smith, Kwak & Toda, 2016), and growing research in other areas such as South-East Asia (Sittichai & Smith, 2015). These studies raise important methodological issues. How similar, or different, is the phenomenon of cyberbullying in different countries? What are the challenges in making comparisons and comparing rates in different countries? Finally, how can such differences be explained? This chapter will examine societal and cross-national variations in bully and victim rates, and characteristics (such as age and gender differences, types of cyberbullying), across a wide range of countries. Explanations of cross-national differences will be discussed in terms of the five factors in the EU Kids Online model: Cultural values [e.g. Hofstede], Education system [schools, colleges], Technological infrastructure [penetration of mobile phones, smart phones and internet], Regulatory framework [policies, legal aspects] and Socio-economic stratification [GDP, socioeconomic inequality].

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: cyberbullying
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Vulnerable Children and Families
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2022 14:02

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics