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Indian American cyberbullying expert gets $188,776 Facebook grant

Thu, Sep 10, 2015, 02:53 PM
Washington, Sep 10: Sameer Hinduja, a prominent Indian American and cyberbullying expert from Florida Atlantic University, has received a $188,776 grant from social networking site Facebook to study cyberbullying and dating violence among teenagers.

The overarching goal of the study is to illuminate the nationwide prevalence, frequency and scope of cyberbullying and electronic dating violence among a population of youth in the US.

“Cyberbullying is a unique form of digital abuse that involves a range of tormenting, humiliating, threatening, embarrassing and harassing behaviours and has gained a lot of attention in recent years," explained Hinduja in a university statement on Thursday.

“Many teenagers across the United States also experience dating violence that typically consists of various forms of mistreatment from insults and rumour spreads to threats and physical assaults, added Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Centre and professor of criminology and criminal justice.

Hinduja and his collaborator Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Centre, will rigorously construct a nationally-representative panel of teens - ages 12 to 17 years old - who will be surveyed with parental consent.

Apart from descriptive findings by age, gender, grade, and other important demographics, they also will collect data on contributing factors to perpetration and victimisation, as well as the negative outcomes that stem from cyberbullying participation as an aggressor or a target.

There are a number of similarities between cyberbullying and electronic dating violence.
Agency: IANS
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