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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]

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Abstract or Description

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 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

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1097/GCO.0000000000000106

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology
Psychology > Unit for School and Family Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
October 2014Published

Item ID:

10836

Date Deposited:

31 Oct 2014 12:39

Last Modified:

10 Jul 2018 00:55

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/10836

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