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Suggested Coping Strategies if Being Cyberbullied: Differences Related to Grade, Gender and Victimization

Conference paper
Authors Ann Frisén
Sofia Berne
Lina Marin
Published in Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Interface between Science and Practice
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords Coping strategies, cybervictimization, developmental psychology
Subject categories Applied Psychology


The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of cybervictimization amongst Swedish pupils and suggested coping strategies. Differences in coping strategies related to grade, gender and victimization were also investigated. In total, 729 pupils, in 4th grade (10-years old) and in 6th grade (12-years old), from 21 different schools in Gothenburg, Sweden were surveyed. With an overall prevalence rate of 11.6%, cybervictimization was twice as common in grade 4 as in grade 6, and girls were more likely to be victimized. The two most often suggested strategies were “telling someone” (70.5% of all responses), and “confronting the bully” (25.5% of all responses). Concerning age differences, younger pupils more often suggested “telling parents” compared to older pupils who more often suggested “telling a friend”. Furthermore, older pupils were more likely to suggest “confronting the bully” than younger pupils. Concerning gender differences, girls were more likely than boys to suggest “telling someone” about being cyberbullied. Boys were however more likely than girls to suggest they would bully back, using traditional bullying. Finally, victims were less likely to “suggest telling someone” compared to non-victims. This might indicate that those pupils that are victims of cyberbullying have a less optimistic view of the help they can receive from others. In sum, differences in suggested coping strategies were found related to grade, gender, and victimization, thus indicating that these aspects need to be considered when understanding childrens’ and adolescents’ view of what is effective to counteract cyberbullying.

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