Cyberbullying on social networking sites: A literature review and future research directions

Tommy K.H. Chan, Christy M K CHEUNG, Zach W.Y. Lee*

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Cyberbullying on social networking sites is an emerging societal issue that has drawn significant scholarly attention. The purpose of this study is to consolidate the existing knowledge through a literature review and analysis. We first discuss the nature, research patterns, and theoretical foundations. We then develop an integrative framework based on social cognitive theory to synthesize what is known and identify what remains to be learned, with a focus on the triadic reciprocal relationships between perpetrators, victims, and bystanders. We discuss the key findings and highlight opportunities for future research. We conclude this paper by noting research contributions and limitations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103411
Number of pages16
JournalInformation and Management
Issue number2
Early online date5 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cyberbullying
  • Integrative framework
  • Literature review
  • SNS bullying
  • Social cognitive theory
  • Social networking sites


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