Cyberbullying: Using Virtual Scenarios to Educate and Raise Awareness

Fall 2009

Source: Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, Volume 26, No. 1
(Fall 2009).

This study examined cyberbullying in three distinct phases to facilitate a multifaceted understanding of cyberbullying.

The phases included
(a) a quantitative survey,
(b) a qualitative focus group, and
(c) development of educational scenarios/simulations (within the Second Life virtual environment).

Phase III was based on adolescent feedback about cyberbullying from Phases I and II of this study. In all three phases, adolescent reactions to cyberbullying were examined and reported to raise awareness and to educate others about cyberbullying.

Results from scenario development indicate that simulations created in a virtual environment are engaging and have the potential to be powerful tools in helping schools address problems such as cyberbullying education and prevention.

Updated: Jan. 12, 2010