Perpetrators, victims, bystanders and up standers: cyber bullying in a special school context.

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This study offers a multi-dimensional analysis of ‘real world’ cyberbullying between members of a special school community. The purpose of this article is to analyse the social and educational contexts within which interactions of this nature are embedded.
The interview both illuminated a number of themes pertinent to the current literature and extended those related to the call for further analysis of the contextual determinants of cyberbullying.
The influence of the conditions experienced by the children involved (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)) is discussed and demonstrated. This use of natural observation provides a current and ‘real world’ illustration of teacher perceptions of the complex behaviours and interactions occurring in cyberspace, which hold potential for grave consequences. A hopeful tone is maintained as the potential for selfless upstander behaviour and resolution via the involvement of supportive and knowledgeable pastoral staff is realised in the article’s conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-356
Number of pages17
JournalSupport for Learning
Issue number3
Early online date8 Oct 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Oct 2019


  • cyberbullying
  • upstander
  • bystander
  • victim
  • special school

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