Date of Award

8-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)

Department

Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Mary R. Jalongo, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Beatrice Fennimore, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Timothy Runge, Ph.D.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the perspectives of the three groups most directly affected by cyberbullying: (1) the students involved in incidents, (2) their parents/guardians, and (3) educators such as teachers, school administrators, counselors, social workers, and school psychologists. There have been ineffective or nonexistent cyberbullying prevention and intervention strategies used by all three groups, partly due to their different perspectives on this issue, education needs, and lack of collaboration to address this problem. A recurring theme in the literature is the different perspectives of this problem by the three groups that most need to have consensus and collaboration if effective cyberbullying programs are to be created (Cassidy, Jackson, Brown, 2009; Cassidy, Brown, & Jackson, 2012a, 2012b; Mark, 2009; Spaulding, 2012; Wiseman, 2011). The researcher will address these issues by providing findings from this study that can be used to create more effective cyberbullying prevention programs.

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