The Effectiveness of Safe Surfing Intervention Program in Reducing WhatsApp Cyberbullying and Improving Classroom Climate and Student Sense of Class Belonging in Elementary School

Dana Aizenkot, Gabriela Kashy-Rosenbaum

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Abstract

Schools have prioritized fighting cyberbullying by implementing intervention programs. Yet few interventions have been studied for their effectiveness in reducing cyberbullying and improving socio-emotional aspects in the classroom. This study reports the results of the Safe Surfing intervention program designed to reduce cyberbullying in WhatsApp classmate discourse. Data were collected in the 2017-2018 school year from 533 students in 25 fourth- to sixth-grade classes (50% females) in six elementary schools in Israel. Two of the schools served as the control group. Results indicated a significant decrease in WhatsApp cyberbullying victimization and a significant improvement of classroom climate and student sense of class belonging in the experiment group. This compared with a significant increase in cyberbullying and a significant decrease in classroom climate and student sense of belonging in the control group. Educational implications are discussed. The findings demonstrate the achievements of the anti-cyberbullying intervention program, alongside the threats of avoiding intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-576
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • bullying
  • classroom behavior/environment
  • intervention/prevention
  • media and technology (music, TV, magazines, Internet, gaming, iphones and messaging
  • networks

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