Facebook cybervictimization among university students (Bachelor thesis)

Σαριπανίδης, Ηλίας/ Saripanidis, Ilias

Social Network Sites, such as Facebook, are widely used platforms for communication among college students. However Facebook can be also used as a mean to hurt or humiliate others. Given that, there are multiple factors that may play a role in the risk of Cybervictimization. Victiminologists have suggested that identifying victim’s behavior is as meaningful as focusing on perpetrator and environmental factors. Based on lifestyle – exposure theory, the purpose of this study is to examine the association between a number of individual differences and risky Facebook use and self-reported Cybervictimization. Personality (5 Factor Model), self-esteem, loneliness, depression and self-disclosure were assessed, while risky Facebook use defined by the time spent online, number of friends, indiscreet Facebook content, knowledge and use of privacy settings were also studied. Results from 240 college students show associations between Cybervictimization and risky Facebook use, self disclosure, depression, neuroticism, agreeableness and consciousness. Moreover, depression, self disclosure and indiscreet Facebook content were significant predictors of Cybervictimization via Facebook. The findings indicate that the victim’s behavior and individual factors contribute to risk of Cybervictimization. This has essential implications for both individuals and organizations. Facebook users must be aware that their online behavior may increase their risk of being victimized. Organizations, on the other hand, should establish prevention programs to inform college students with measures that may take to decrease the risk for Cybervictimization within social networking sites like Facebook
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης
Subject classification: Online social networks
Keywords: Κυβερνοθυματοποίηση,Φοιτητές,Risky facebook use,Cybervictimization,College students

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