Adolescent-aged Cyberbullying Behavior from the Perspective of a Social Psychologist

Adolescent-aged Cyberbullying Behavior from the Perspective of a Social Psychologist

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Cyberbullying is an increasingly consequential social problem, one that has compelled the interest of social psychologists. Social learning theory is instructive here. We know that people repeat behaviors that lead to rewarding outcomes. By asking what exactly is rewarding the bullying behavior, social psychological research can identify the reasons why cyberbullying persists.

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For this Discussion, you will examine what is rewarding adolescent-aged cyberbullying behavior from the perspective of a social psychologist, as well as consider strategies to assist teachers and parents. Adolescent-aged Cyberbullying Behavior from the Perspective of a Social Psychologist

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Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.
Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.

WEEKLY RESOURCES/REFERENCES

 

  • Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., Akert, R. M., & Sommers, S. R. (Eds.). (2019). Social psychology (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
    • Chapter 12, “Aggression: Why Do We Hurt Other People? Can We Prevent It?”
  • Note: Viewing media and interactives embedded in the electronic version of this course text is not required for this course.
  • Watts, L. K., Wagner, J., Velasquez, B., & Behrens, P. I. (2017). Cyberbullying in higher education: A literature review. Computers in Human Behavior,Links to an external site. 69, 268–274. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2016.12.038
  • Romer, D., Jamieson, P. E., Bushman, B. J., Bleakley, A., Wang, A., Langleben, D., & Jamieson, K. H. (2014). Parental desensitization to violence and sex in movies. Pediatrics 134(5), 877–884. doi:10.1542/peds.2014-1167
  • Moller, A. C., & Deci, E. L. (2010). Interpersonal control, dehumanization, and violence: A selfdetermination theory perspective. Group Processes & Intergroup RelationsLinks to an external site., 13(1), 41– 53. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430209350318

TO PREPARE

  • Review the Learning Resources for this week and examine how social psychology theories and research explain the dynamics of cyberbullying among adolescents.Adolescent-aged Cyberbullying Behavior from the Perspective of a Social Psychologist

Post an explanation of what is rewarding the adolescent-aged cyberbullying behavior. Your explanation should be informed by social psychology theory and research.

How might the findings described by your colleague be used to inform helpful strategies  for teachers and parents dealing with an adolescent cyberbully?

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the social psychology theory and research. In addition to the Learning Resources, search the Walden Library and/or Internet for peer-reviewed articles to support your post and responses. Use proper APA format and citations, including those in the Learning Resources. Adolescent-aged Cyberbullying Behavior from the Perspective of a Social Psychologist