Cyberbullying: The Shades of Harm
Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (2015) 22(1),106-123.
35 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2014 Last revised: 17 Mar 2017
Date Written: June 26, 2014
Empirical studies undertaken to date report that exposure to cyberbullying can have potentially serious consequences. This paper assesses the potential harm associated with the various specific manifestations (forms) of cyberbullying based on initial empirical research and a crime seriousness framework originally applied to traditional crimes. The analysis provides valuable theoretical insight into the associated harms of each of the forms of cyberbullying. This is significant in light of the infancy of the research in this area. The research demonstrates that the various manifestations are indeed associated with different levels of harm. It concludes that, based on a principle of harm, not all forms warrant criminalization.
Keywords: cyberbullying; online harm; computer crime; criminal law
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