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International Cyberbullying Conference in Sweden

Swedish Conference photo; from the left, Dan Olweus, Christina Salmavelli, Peter K. Smith, back row, Patti Agatston and Dr. Linda Beckman

The International Bullying Prevention Association was a co-sponsor for the May 11-12, 2014 Cyberbullying Conference:  A Challenge for Research and Practitioners, in Gothenburg Sweden.   Approximately 200 researchers, educators, practitioners and students attended the conference that featured world renowned- bullying and cyberbullying researchers sharing their latest research findings regarding cyberbullying.  Conference presenters included Dan Olweus, Christina Salmivalli, Peter K. Smith, Robert Thornburg, and IBPA board member, author and practitioner Patricia Agatston. 


Presentations also highlighted that some of the prevention strategies implemented to address traditional bullying have been effective at reducing cyberbullying.  Examples shared included the KiVA program from Finland as well as the use of quality circles.  It was also recommended that efforts to encourage digital citizenship be included as part of a comprehensive approach to prevention.

Dr. Patricia Agatston presenting at conference in Gothenburg, Sweden

It was very helpful for participants to hear repeated themes from the research that suggest that the field is making headway in understanding the nature of cyberbullying.  One of the well-replicated findings that were shared by several researchers is the large overlap between cyberbullying and traditional bullying.  While cyberbullying has some distinct features, such as anonymity, breadth of the potential audience, and potentially round the clock perpetration, researchers noted that many of the features of traditional bullying remain.  However definitional issues continue to be a challenge when measuring prevalence rates. 

Presentations also highlighted that some of the prevention strategies implemented to address traditional bullying have been effective at reducing cyberbullying.  Examples shared included the KiVA program from Finland as well as the use of quality circles.  It was also recommended that efforts to encourage digital citizenship be included as part of a comprehensive approach to prevention. 

 

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