Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Talking the Talk: An Exploration of Parent-Child Communication about Cyberbullying
by Droser, Veronica Anne, M.S., Portland State University, 2013, 120; 1547403
Abstract (Summary)

Technology has, without a doubt, altered the social fabric of society. Mediated forms of communication have paved the way for more efficient production, and the vast amount of information available online has given people the opportunity to be more informed than ever. However, the rise of mediated communication has also presented a number of new threats. The current study focused on one of these threats, cyberbullying, and was interested in looking at how parents talk about and understand their child's cyberbullying behavior.

This study had the goal of uncovering if parents talk to their child about cyberbullying, and how they approach these conversations. The intent of this study was grounded in the idea that parent-child communication is a valuable tool for developing belief systems, as well as making sustainable, positive and effective changes to behavior and perceptions.

Ultimately, parents do not avoid conversations about cyberbullying with their children. Parents structure these conversations with the intention of positively changing their child's behavior and beliefs. Specifically, parents talk about cyberbullying with their children as an effort to decrease the perceived risk their child faces if he or she participates in cyberbullying. However, these conversations are limited because they are grounded in misrepresented media coverage of cyberbullying which intensifies cyberbullying behaviors. As such, media producers must work toward presenting more all encompassing and wide spread coverage of cyberbullying as an effort to educate parents about the variety of behaviors which relate to cyberbullying.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rill, Leslie A.
Commitee: Frank, Lauren B., Woo, Hyeyoung
School: Portland State University
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Social psychology, Multimedia Communications, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Cyberbullying, Family, Media, Parent-child communication, Topic avoidance
Publication Number: 1547403
ISBN: 978-1-303-48985-3
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