Proposal Title

Female Cyberbullying and How School Performance/Mental Health is Impacted

Presenter Information

Jamie Leeder, Barry UniversityFollow

Affiliation

Barry University

Department or Program

Education

Start Date

15-4-2017 1:35 PM

End Date

15-4-2017 2:05 PM

Presentation Keywords/Areas

Qualitative Research in Education

Additional Presentation Keywords/Areas

Gender Topics

Additional Presentation Keywords/Areas

Emerging trends in Qualitative Research

Abstract

This study was designed to study female cyberbullying and how school performance/mental health is impacted. Bullying is an ongoing problem in middle schools across the country. The participants’ perceptions were measured by observations during the interviews, transcribing the one-on-one interviews, and reviewing student documents such as bullying referrals and guidance counselor notes. The researcher chose the research questions based on problems that were perceived to be adding to bullying in middle school. The interviews took place over a month long period and were 45 minutes to one hour in length. The common themes that emerged were: emotional stressors related to bullying, females bully more than males, school districts need to improve their bullying programs and provide more professional development to train school professionals, and students who self-identified as being LGTBQ in their sexual orientation were bullied the most. The researcher noted a proven method that has worked in countries in Europe has been the Olweus Bullying Program, which is a comprehensive program for schools to follow that reduces the number of bullying incidences in schools. In 1991, Dan Olweus researched bullying and has been the number one proponent of this topic. His method includes teacher and staff training as well as various ways to education students on becoming aware of their actions.

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A) 20 minute paper presentation

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Female Cyberbullying and How School Performance/Mental Health is Impacted

This study was designed to study female cyberbullying and how school performance/mental health is impacted. Bullying is an ongoing problem in middle schools across the country. The participants’ perceptions were measured by observations during the interviews, transcribing the one-on-one interviews, and reviewing student documents such as bullying referrals and guidance counselor notes. The researcher chose the research questions based on problems that were perceived to be adding to bullying in middle school. The interviews took place over a month long period and were 45 minutes to one hour in length. The common themes that emerged were: emotional stressors related to bullying, females bully more than males, school districts need to improve their bullying programs and provide more professional development to train school professionals, and students who self-identified as being LGTBQ in their sexual orientation were bullied the most. The researcher noted a proven method that has worked in countries in Europe has been the Olweus Bullying Program, which is a comprehensive program for schools to follow that reduces the number of bullying incidences in schools. In 1991, Dan Olweus researched bullying and has been the number one proponent of this topic. His method includes teacher and staff training as well as various ways to education students on becoming aware of their actions.