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Cyber Bullying in the Netherlands: A Criminological Perspective

Kerstens, Joyce ; Veenstra, Sander

Jaishankar, K

It is assumed that the online world creates new possibilities for criminal behaviour. Only recently criminologists started the debate on the applicability of traditional criminological theories to cyber crime offending. Analyses based on a Dutch survey among 6,299 adolescents (50.9 % male), aged from 10 to 18 (M = 13.0, SD = 1.87) indicate that cyber bullying behaviour is not only strongly interwoven with traditional bullying behaviours, but also is affected by the distinct features of the online environment. The findings give support to the suggestion that the aetiological schema to explain cyber bullying should postulate the interaction between individual characteristics, distinct features of the online environment and the interaction between offline and online social realities.


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