Children and adolescents spend many hours behind their laptops, tablets and smartphones surfing the internet. Online they communicate with their friends, post the latest party pictures, play games in virtual worlds, and watch and share the latest funniest videos. In addition to these positive experiences, they also have less positive experiences online. Some youth engage or are subjected to name-calling, teasing, social exclusion, or other forms of bullying online. While parents, teachers, legislators and researchers are concerned about this phenomenon, but at the same time we know little about online bullying and how to deal with it. Bullying online and being bullied online may have profound socio-psychological consequences for individuals. Furthermore, it is unclear whether and, if so, how to regulate this behavior.

To tackle this problem a 4-year multidisciplinary project on cyberbullying was carried out by Leiden University, University of Amsterdam and Delft University. In conclusion of this project, we are organizing a public lecture and a one day conference on the 19th and 20th of September. The conference will have a broad scope and bring together expertise from developmental psychology, communication science, human computer interaction, and public policy. The program is organized around three themes:

  1. 1) What are the latest social scientific insights in (cyber)bullying?
    2) What are the technical tools that are available to help kids that are bullied?
    3) Which policy regulation issues need to be addressed when it comes to cyberbullying?

On this website you can find out more about our project, the public lecture and the conference.

We hope to welcome you to Leiden in September!

Best wishes,

Simone van der Hof, Sindy Sumter, Janneke van der Zwaan and Tess Priester