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Children, social media and the trouble with defining bullying: pre-conference workshop


Canty, J, Children, social media and the trouble with defining bullying: pre-conference workshop, 19th Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association, 8 July, Wellington, New Zealand (2015) [Plenary Presentation]

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Online bullying is a hot topic for research as well as in wider society due to concern for its impact on children’s social and emotional wellbeing. Most research and interventions use a conventional definition of bullying, one that has been constructed by adults. Children’s perspectives on their own experiences have been marginalised in the process. Research and intervention tends to tell children what bullying is rather than listening to their perspectives and their methods for defining what is or is not bullying. In this presentation, I explore some problems associated with the conventional definition and its uses in research through examination of some historical context and blind spots, using lenses of gender, culture, and context, including the social media context. I will discuss the importance of positioning children’s accounts as sources of valid knowledge and of taking a child-centred approach to investigation of the troubles associated with online bullying and social media.

Item Details

Item Type:Plenary Presentation
Keywords:bullying, children and bullying, social media
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Community child health
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Children's services and childcare
UTAS Author:Canty, J (Dr Justin Canty)
ID Code:135181
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2019-10-04
Last Modified:2019-10-04

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