Cyber safety for adolescent girls: bullying, harassment, sexting, pornography, and solicitation

Smith, Peter K., Thompson, Fran and Davidson, Julia (2014) Cyber safety for adolescent girls: bullying, harassment, sexting, pornography, and solicitation. Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 26 (5) . pp. 360-365. ISSN 1040-872X [Article] (doi:10.1097/GCO.0000000000000106)

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Purpose of review: To examine cyber safety for adolescent girls, specifically issues around the definition, measurement, prevalence, and impact of cyberbullying, harassment, sexting, pornography, and solicitation.

Recent findings: Despite some continuing disagreements about definition, especially around cyberbullying and cyber harassment, and about measurement, it is clear that a significant minority of adolescents have potentially or actually harmful experiences on the internet. There are important sex differences, and those exploited by pornography are mainly women. On some measures, these dangers have increased in the recent years, although the extent can be exaggerated. The nature of internet grooming appears to be changing. Negative effects are well documented in a range of domains, although more longitudinal studies are needed. Individual coping strategies, family and school based support, and legal actions, all have a role to play in minimizing these dangers.

Summary: Cyber safety is an important issue. More research and action is needed, and interventions need to be evaluated for their effectiveness.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
Item ID: 14022
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Depositing User: Natasa Blagojevic-Stokic
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 11:09
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 05:20

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