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From risk factors to detection and intervention: a practical proposal for future work on cyberbullying

Andri Ioannou; Jeremy Blackburn; Gianluca Stringhini; Emiliano De Cristofaro; Nicolas Kourtellis; Michael Sirivianos


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{
  "DOI": "10.1080/0144929X.2018.1432688", 
  "container_title": "Behaviour & Information Technology", 
  "title": "From risk factors to detection and intervention: a practical proposal for future work on cyberbullying", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2018, 
        2, 
        8
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>While there is an increasing flow of media stories reporting cases of cyberbullying, particularly within<br>\nonline social media, research efforts in the academic community are scattered over different topics<br>\nacross the social science and computer science academic disciplines. In this work, we explored<br>\nresearch pertaining to cyberbullying, conducted across disciplines. We mainly sought to<br>\nunderstand scholarly activity on intelligence techniques for the detection of cyberbullying when it<br>\noccurs. Our findings suggest that the vast majority of academic contributions on cyberbullying<br>\nfocus on understanding the phenomenon, risk factors, and threats, with the prospect of<br>\nsuggesting possible protection strategies. There is less work on intelligence techniques for the<br>\ndetection of cyberbullying when it occurs, while currently deployed algorithms seem to detect<br>\nthe problem only up to some degree of success. The article summarises the current trends aiming<br>\nto encourage discussion and research with a new scope; we call for more research tackling the<br>\nproblem by leveraging statistical models and computational mechanisms geared to detect,<br>\nintervene, and prevent cyberbullying. Coupling intelligence techniques with specific web<br>\ntechnology problems can help combat this social menace. We argue that a multidisciplinary<br>\napproach is needed, with expertise from human&ndash;computer interaction, psychology, computer<br>\nscience, and sociology, for current challenges to be addressed and significant progress to be made.</p>", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Andri Ioannou"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Jeremy Blackburn"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Gianluca Stringhini"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Emiliano De Cristofaro"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Nicolas Kourtellis"
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Michael Sirivianos"
    }
  ], 
  "page": "Pages 258-266", 
  "volume": "Volume 37", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "issue": "Issue 3", 
  "id": "1185092"
}
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