New study on cyberbullying among young people

  • Research
  • 15/09/2016
  • European Parliament

The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has recently published a study titled ‘Cyberbullying among young people'. The study provides an overview of the extent, scope and forms of cyberbullying in the EU, taking into account the age and gender of victims and perpetrators as well as the medium used.

Commissioned by the Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee, the study illustrates the legal and policy measures on cyberbullying adopted at EU and international levels and describes the EU role in this area. An analysis of legislation and policies aimed at preventing and fighting this phenomenon across the 28 EU Member States is also presented.
 
The study outlines the variety of definitions of cyberbullying across EU Member States and the similarities and differences between cyberbullying, traditional bullying and cyber aggression. It also presents successful practices on how to prevent and combat cyberbullying in nine selected EU Member States (Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom), and puts forward recommendations for improving the response at EU and Member State levels.
 
The study (in English) can be downloaded from the European Parliament website.

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