Here is the research we’ve found on cyberbullying in Botswana, 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): Mooketsi, B. E.
Title: An Investigation on the Prevalence of Cyberbullying Amongst Undergraduate Students in The University Of Botswana.
Journal: Bojelo Esther Mooketsi – Mosenodi Journal
Abstract: Information and Communication Technologies are widely regarded as crucial enablers to communities and individuals to filter and manage information that is of interest to them. Hence, academic institutions provide students with access to the Internet. However, research has established that there is a negative side to this access such as Cyberbullying. Whilst numerous studies discuss the use of social media and bullying amongst the youth in Botswana, no study was found that investigated the prevalence of Cyberbullying amongst undergraduate students in the University of Botswana. It is in recognition of the dearth of information on this phenomenon that this study investigated the prevalence of Cyberbullying amongst undergraduate students of the University of Botswana. Furthermore, this study investigated students’ involvement in collective or group cyberbullying against individuals or organizations and the reasons for partaking in such. This exploratory study adopted a critical interpretive approach and the research data was obtained through semi-structured interviews with undergraduate students in the University of Botswana. The findings of the study show that Cyberbullying is prevalent amongst undergraduate students. It is hoped that tertiary institutions will, in light of the research findings, develop strategies to mitigate the antisocial behavior.
Citation: Mooketsi, B. E. (2018) An Investigation on the Prevalence of Cyberbullying Amongst Undergraduate Students in The University Of Botswana. Bojelo Esther Mooketsi – Mosenodi Journal
Author(s):Selemogwe, M., Setlhare-Oagile, N., & Mphele, S.
Title: Bullying in Botswana Schools: A Review
Journal: Journal of African and Asian Studies-An Open Access International Journal
Abstract: Although there is an increase in the prevalence of bullying in school settings in Botswana, research on the problem is very limited. In order to refine our understanding of bullying in school settings, we need to equally explore the extent of bullying in schools located in urban and rural areas, factors that are linked to bullying and students’ and the school staff’s knowledge and perceptions of bullying. Such an investigation will aid in generation of interventions that holistically address the problem. This paper reviews research on bullying that has been done thus far in Botswana and offers recommendations for interventions and future research.Freedom of speech is a core index of the strength of any democracy. The social media and messaging platforms today have become the ultimate expression of this right. Many social media platforms exist today and are commonly used by young people. In all forms of communication, the importance of mutual respect cannot be over-emphasized and social media platforms are not an exception. The dividing line between freedom of speech and respect for the person at the other end of the communication is becoming blurry today and this transition zone is widening. The “social media disinhibition phenomenon” is the mindset behind cyberbullying.
Citation: Selemogwe, M., Setlhare-Oagile, N., & Mphele, S. (2014). Bullying in Botswana Schools: A Review. International Journal of African and Asian Studies-An Open Access International Journal, 4.
Author(s): De Cock, R., & Abeele, M. V.
Title: Cyberbullying by mobile phone among adolescents: The role of gender and peer group status
Abstract: This article presents the results of a study in Flanders on the relationship between adolescents’ peer group status, their gender and their involvement in different types of mobile phone cyberbullying. By means of a free nominations procedure, likeability and perceived popularity scores were calculated for each respondent. Based on these scores, four groups were identified: popular controversial, popular liked, average and rejected adolescents. Even after controlling for age, gender, the frequency of voice calling and the frequency of text messaging, popular controversial adolescents were significantly more likely to make or send threatening/ insulting voice calls or text messages. They also gossiped significantly more frequently by means of voice calls or text messages. No relationship was found between peer group status and making hurtful pictures or videos. A significant interaction effect with gender was found for mobile phone gossiping: Popular controversial girls were more involved in gossiping than popular controversial boys.
Citation: Abeele, M. V., & De Cock, R. (2013). Cyberbullying by mobile phone among adolescents: The role of gender and peer group status. Communications, 38(1), 107-118.