Bullying on Facebook: How It Affects Secondary School and College Students

Emily Salinas, Deana Coan, Sara Ansley, Andrew Barton, Caleb McCaig,
Tarleton State University

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Abstract Social networking websites have contributed to a new kind of bullying–cyberbullying. In this study, we investigated how cyberbullying via Facebook affects students transitioning from high school to college and if bullying persists after that time period. The purpose of this study was to better understand how bullying emerges from interpersonal communication on social networking websites.

In order to accomplish the purpose of our study, we proposed the following research questions: “How does bullying through Facebook affect students?” and “How do the effects of bullying through social networking impact academic performance in school?”

Problem Statement High school and college students across the country are utilizing social networking sites such as Facebook to communicate with current friends and family and to create new friendships. This has both positive and negative effects on their well-being. While it allows students to obtain “support and information,” this technology can potentially expose them to racial or hate-based messages (Subrahmanyam & Greenfield, 2008, p. 119). As social networking sites begin to take a large role in the interaction of students, “it is important to consider them in the context of the interpersonal relationships” (Subrahmanyam & Greenfield, 2008, p. 125).

As technological advancements make it possible to communicate across a wide variety of social media almost instantly leaving less time for students to consider their words and actions, a new form of bullying is becoming prevalent among our nation’s teens, called cyberbullying (Kite, Gable, & Filippelli, 2010). Cyberbullying is defined as harassment, intimidation, or bullying by means of technological advancement (Kite, Gable, & Filippelli, 2010). When someone is bullied on Facebook, they are harassed or are the recipient of hateful messages. The long-term effects of cyberbullying on high school and college students along with its impact on social networking have not been thoroughly discussed

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