"People think it’s a harmless joke": young people's understanding of the impact of technology, digital vulnerability, and cyber bullying in the United Kingdom

Betts, LR ORCID: 0000-0002-6147-8089 and Spenser, KA, 2016. "People think it’s a harmless joke": young people's understanding of the impact of technology, digital vulnerability, and cyber bullying in the United Kingdom. Journal of Children and Media. ISSN 1748-2798 (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Young people’s technology use has increased exponentially over the last few years. To gain a deeper understanding of young peoples’ experiences of digital technology and cyber bullying, 4 focus groups were conducted with 29 11- to 15-year-olds recruited from 2 schools. Interpretative phenomenological analysis revealed three themes: Impact of technology, vulnerability, and cyber bullying. Technology was seen as a facilitator and a mechanism for maintaining social interactions. However, participants reported experiencing a conflict between the need to be sociable and the desire to maintain privacy. Cyber bullying was regarded as the actions of an anonymous coward who sought to disrupt social networks and acts should be distinguished from banter.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Young people’s technology use [running head]
Publication Title: Journal of Children and Media
Creators: Betts, L.R. and Spenser, K.A.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2016
ISSN: 1748-2798
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10.1080/17482798.2016.1233893DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 Sep 2016 08:25
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:05
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28464

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