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Digital mobbning - trakasserier bland ungdomar via Internet och SMS
2004 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This study focuses on bullying that occurs with assistance from modern forms of communication like Internet and SMS. Bullying is a large and well-known problem that strikes many students in the compulsory school. Since access to computers and Internet has radically grown among youths a new arena for bullying has also appeared. The aim of this study is to describe what this kind of bullying looks like and from a socio-cultural perspective analyse its rhetoric. The investigation, that has a qualitative design, has been carried out with help of interviews. Seven students, a student’s mother and a teacher, all together nine persons and all connected to the upper level of compulsory school, were interviewed about digital communication and their experiences with bullying. The findings show that the conditions for and the content of the digital communication in separate ways differ from the analogical. For example, in many digital contexts it happens that one is anonymous or has a false identity. The digital context seems to allow one to lie and to be rougher in the communication than normal, and – because of the technique – one can decide with a simple click if one wants to be in contact or not. Digital bullying is verbal and is similar to the form of analogical bullying called “indirect” which among other things consists of backbiting, spreading of rumours and excluding. Nevertheless there are some major differences. Analogical bullying mostly takes place in school while digital bullying has no limits. The harassments reach everywhere. Rumours on the Internet have a large audience and are very official. With digital technique the bullying can be performed anonymously, which has the consequence that the victim does not know who the tormentor is. The study shows how important it is that adults understand the significance of digital communities to young people. It also stresses the importance of discussions between adults and youths about the ethical issues around digital communication. Another important lesson is that there is a connection between analogical and digital bullying and that a digital harassment can indicate bullying. Finally, things in school do not just happen in the formal learning environment. A lot of things, like digital bullying, take place in the informal environment and that context must be noticed. In future research about digital bullying it would be interesting to interview the bullies to get their point of view. Another assignment would be to study if and how the ethics for digital communication influence daily ethics. A third task could be a closer examination into the communicative and ethical interaction between girls that sometimes ends in excluding.

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2004. , 53 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-58411Local ID: PED D-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-58411DiVA: diva2:1123040
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Pedagogy
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