Here is the research we’ve found on cyberbullying in South Africa, with the most recent first. Please email us if you have any articles to add with the details ordered in the same format as the others.


Author(s): Smit, D. M.

Year: 2015

Title: Cyberbullying in South African and American schools: A legal comparative study

Journal: South African Journal of Education

URL: http://www.scielo.org.za/pdf/saje/v35n2/01.pdf

Abstract: Bullying conjures up visions of the traditional schoolyard bully and the subordinate victim. However, bullying is no longer limited to in-person encounter, having come to include cyberbullying, which takes place indirectly over electronic media. In this electronic age, cyber platforms proliferate at an astonishing rate, all attracting the youth in large number, and posing the risk that they may become subject to cyberbullying. Far from being limited to those individual learners being cyberbullied, the effects of this phenomenon extend to the learner collective, the school climate, and also the entire school system, management and education, thus requiring an urgent response. This article first provides a general overview of cyberbullying and its impact on learners, schools and education. This is done through a comparative lens, studying the extent of the phenomenon in both the United States and South Africa. The focus then shifts to the existing legislative frameworks within which the phenomenon is tackled in these respective jurisdictions, particularly the tricky balancing act required between learners’ constitutional right to free speech and expression, and the protection of vulnerable learners’ right to equality, dignity and privacy. The article concludes by proposing certain possible solutions to the problem.

Citation: Smit, D. M. (2015). Cyberbullying in South African and American schools: A legal comparative study. South African Journal of Education, 35(2), 01-11.


Author(s): Rachoene, M., & Oyedemi, T.

Year: 2015

Title: From self-expression to social aggression: Cyberbullying culture among South African youth on Facebook.

Journal: Communicatio

URL: www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02500167.2015.1093325

Abstract: Social media platforms propagate a culture of self-expression by empowering individuals to create, control and broadcast own content. Social networking sites are particularly popular tools for the youth’s self-expressive practices; hence, the concerns about how these tools are used, and their implications for culture and sociability. One of these concerns is the culture of cyberbullying. This study examines online bullying among South African youth on Facebook. A pattern of cyberbullying among the youth was identified through a non-participatory digital ethnography that involved daily observations and a study of postings and comments on six Facebook pages that university students and township youth subscribed to. The study revealed that attacks on intelligence and physical appearance, sexting and outing, insults and threats are common bullying types. However, sexting and outing with the use of sexually explicit pictures is very common among this population. In a digital culture where privacy is becoming more lax and visibility embedded in a self-expressive culture is celebrated, there is a concern about the consequences of this culture, particularly for the victims of cyberbullying.

Citation: Rachoene, M., & Oyedemi, T. (2015). From self-expression to social aggression: Cyberbullying culture among South African youth on Facebook. Communicatio, 41(3), 302-319.