Australian Research to Encourage School Students’ Positive Use of Technology to Reduce Cyberbullying

Cross, Donna, Campbell, Marilyn A., Slee, Phillip, Spears, Barbara, & Barnes, Amy (2013) Australian Research to Encourage School Students’ Positive Use of Technology to Reduce Cyberbullying. In Smith, Peter K. & Steffgen, Georges (Eds.) Cyberbullying Through the New Media : Findings from an International Network. Psychology Press, Taylor and Francis Group, London and New York, pp. 222-243.

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Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has spread rapidly in Australia. Mobile phones, which increasingly have advanced capabilities including Internet access, mobile television and multimedia storage, are owned by 22% of Australian children aged 9-11 years and 73% of those aged 12-14 years (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012b), as well as by over 90% of Australians aged 15 years and over(Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), 2010). Nearly 80% of Australian households have access to the Internet and 73% have a broadband Internet connection, ensuring that Internet access is typically reliable and high-speed (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012a). Ninety percent of Australian children aged 5-14 years (comprising 79% of 5-8 year olds; 96% of 9-11 year olds; and 98% of 12-14 year olds) reported having accessed the Internet during 2011-2012, a significant increase from 79% in 2008-2009 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012b). Approximately 90% of 5-14 year olds have accessed the Internet both from home and from school, with close to 49% accessing the Internet from other places (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012b). Young people often make use of borrowed Internet access (e.g. in friends’ homes), commercial access (e.g. cybercafés), public access (e.g. libraries), and mobile device access in areas offering free Wi-Fi (Lim, 2009).

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ID Code: 66025
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: cyberbullying, research, Australia
ISBN: 9781848722545
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Peter K. Smith and Georges Steffgen
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2014 03:50
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 05:56

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