Drivers of cyberbullying and cybervictimization during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings from an online survey during the first lockdown
- children online,
- COVID-19 pandemic,
- online risks
Copyright (c) 2022 Lorenzo Giuseppe Zaffaroni, Davide Cino, Kira Thiel, Claudia Lampert
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The COVID-19 pandemic has confronted families, and especially children, with significant social and psychological challenges. The lockdown was accompanied by a substantial expansion of digital and social media use and an increased probability of coming into contact with different kinds of online risks. Focusing on cyberbullying, we report on findings from an online survey to investigate the extent to which children aged 10-18 (n = 1.541) experienced cyberbullying and cybervictimization during the first lockdown in Italy and Germany. Looking at the role of different variables through two binary logistic regressions, results indicate that the most consistent predictor in both forms of bullying experiences was children’s emotional distress. No statistically significant country differences emerged. Finally, the implications and limitations of this work are discussed.