Correlates of cyberbullying and how school nurses can respond

Joris Van Ouytsel, Michel Walrave, Heidi Vandebosch

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Cyberbullying is one of many online risks that affect an increasing number of children and teenagers. This form of abuse often occurs under the radar of adults as it usually takes place outside of school and away from adult supervision. Moreover, bystanders and victims are often reluctant to report what they have experienced. School nurses might be among the first to witness the real-life consequences of this virtual behavior, as involvement in cyberbullying is often correlated with psychological and behavioral problems. For this reason, school nurses should know how to recognize the warning signs so that they can respond and intervene appropriately. This article provides a discussion of what cyberbullying is and a summary of research on factors associated with cyberbullying, in terms of both victimization and perpetration. It also provides school nurses with evidence-based strategies for responding effectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-170
Number of pages9
JournalNASN school nurse (Print)
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • behavioral problems
  • cyberbullying
  • electronic media
  • health problems
  • online harassment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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