• Cyberharassment and cyberbullying: individual and institutional perspectives

      Short, Emma; Brown, Antony; Barnes, Jim; Conrad, Marc; Alhaboby, Zhraa Azhr; Pitchford, Melanie; Conradie, Liesl; Stewart, Gavin Andrew; Dobocan, Georgiana Alexandra; University of Bedfordshire (Interactive Media Institute (IMI), 2016-01-01)
      Research on finding a relationship between institutional policy and the proliferation of cyberstalking, cyberharassment and cyberbullying in young adults, is limited. It has been reported that stalking on university campuses has a different profile than stalking nationally because of the nature of their mate-seeking age, proximity of the perpetrator to its victim and the ease of accessing personal information. This study gathered data on the experiences of cyberstalking and attitudes to aggressive online communication from a student and staff population. Results suggest that online communication is ambiguous and there is a need for online norms, to which young people can adhere, university staff reported regular online abuse as part of their working lives. Participants were generally not aware if the university had an Acceptable Internet use policy (AIUP). Moreover, participants were sensitive to being harassed and while being aware of how they were affected by the online behaviour of others, there was less certainty of the effects of their own behaviour. © 2016 by Interactive Media Institute
    • ‘The language is disgusting and they refer to my disability’: the cyberharassment of disabled people

      Alhaboby, Zhraa Azhr; al-Khateeb, Haider; Barnes, Jim; Short, Emma; ; University of Bedfordshire (Routledge, 2016-10-05)
      Disabled people face hostility and harassment in their socio-cultural environment. The use of electronic communications creates an online context that further reshapes this discrimination. We explored the experiences of 19 disabled victims of cyberharassment. Five themes emerged from the study: disability and health consequences, family involvement, misrepresentation of self, perceived complexity, and lack of awareness and expertise. Cyberharassment incidents against disabled people were influenced by the pre-existing impairment, perceived hate-targeting, and perpetrators faking disability to get closer to victims online. Our findings highlight a growing issue requiring action and proper support.