Here is the research we’ve found on cyberbullying in Saudi Arabia, 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.



Authors: Fati, S.M.

Year: 2022

Title: Detecting Cyberbullying across Social Media Platforms in Saudi Arabia Using Sentiment Analysis: A Case Study

Journal: The Computer Journal


Abstract: Twitter has become an open space for the users’ interactions and discussions on diverse trending topics. One of the issues raised on social media platforms is the misunderstanding of ‘freedom of speech’, which in turn, leads us to a new social and behavioral attack: cyberbullying. Cyberbully affects both individuals and societies. Despite tough sanctions globally and locally, cyberbullying is still a serious issue, which needs further consideration. Thus, this research aims to address this issue by proposing a framework, based on sentiment analysis, to detect cyberbullying in the tweets stream. The proposed framework in this paper extracts the tweets from Twitter. Then, the preprocessing through tweets tokenization was applied to remove noise from tweets and also symbols and phrases such as http, emoji faces, hash tag symbols, mention symbols and retweet. After data tokenization, the proposed system classifies the tweets, based on extracted keywords from both experts and potential victims, using deep-learning classification algorithm with 70% of dataset samples used for the training purpose, and 30% of the dataset samples used for the testing purpose. The experimental results show the ability of proposed methodology to detect cyberbullying effectively with accuracy 81%.



Authors: Alfakeh, S.A., Alghamdi, A.A., Kouzaba, K.A., Altafi, M.I., Abu-Alamah, S.D., and Salamah, M.M.

Year: 2021

Title: Parents’ perception of cyberbullying of their children in Saudi Arabia

Journal: Journal of Family & Community Medicine


Abstract: The effect of cyberbullying varies from the small levels of discomfort to serious psychological and social issues. Studies on parents’ perception of cyberbullying in Saudi Arabia are scarce. The aim of this study was to determine parents’ awareness and perception of cyberbullying of their children in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional study was done on 1249 parents in Saudi Arabia using a standardized validated questionnaire. The questions were on cyberbullying and its association with the school, the difference between cyberbullying and traditional bullying, the importance of parents’ attention and their knowledge of cyberbullying, and the platform on which they think cyberbullying occurs. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 24. Qualitative data were presented as frequencies and percentages while mean and standard deviation were computed for quantitative data. Student’s t-test or Mann–Whitney and Kruskal–Wallis tests, as appropriate, were applied to test for statistical significance. About 43% parents strongly agreed that cyberbullying was more harmful than bullying in the schoolyard. Parents reported that video games were the most common social platform for cyberbullying. About 64% parents strongly believed that cyberbullying caused psychological harm, and 78% parents responded that it was important to monitor the child’s use of the Internet. Seventy-eight percent of parents strongly believed that schools should be proactive in addressing cyberbullying. As for the parents’ role, 72.8% strongly believed that parents should be more proactive in addressing cyberbullying, whereas 27.9% thought that parents’ involvement would reduce it. Most participants (75.1%) said that more laws should be passed to prevent or punish cyberbullying. There is a need to raise the awareness of the Saudi community about the effects and consequences of cyberbullying.



Authors: Albantan, M.A.R.

Year: 2021

Title: Social skills and cyberbullying behavior among students in Hail from the perspective of social work

Journal: CEEOL


Abstract: This study aimed at identifying social skills and their relationship to cyberbullying behaviors among students in the Hail region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The study was conducted on a sample of (398) male and female students (191 males and 207 females). The study used the descriptive method and developed two questionnaires as instruments of the study, the first on social skills and the second on cyberbullying. The results of the study indicated that the level of social skills of secondary school students in the Hail region was high. There were differences due to the influence of gender in all areas, except for the area of social participation, and the differences were in favor of females in all fields. The results also showed the existence of differences in the level of “social skills” attributed to the “level of academic achievement,” and the differences were in favor of those with higher achievement. The results did not show any differences attributable to “grade” in all areas, except for the field of “social participation,” and the differences were between the tenth and eleventh grades. The results found a negative relationship between the level of “social skills” and “bullying behaviors” among secondary school students in the Hail region.



Author(s): Al-Zahrani, A. M.

Year: 2015

Title: Cyberbullying among Saudi’s Higher-Education Students: Implications for Educators and Policymakers.

Journal: World Journal of Education


Abstract: The aim of the current study was to investigate cyberbullying among Saudi’s higher-education students. It also aimed to identify possible factors that may impact cyberbullying. A quantitative approach was implemented using an online survey questionnaire distributed to 287 students. The descriptive results indicated that students mainly avoid cyberbullying. However, about 27% of the students reported that they have committed cyberbullying at least once or twice. Furthermore, 57% of the students observed at least one student being cyberbullied. Students encounter cyberbullying usually by people whom they do not know and who contacted them over the Internet. In addition, students perceive cyberbullying as a serious issue. Thus, students seem to prefer asking cyberbullies to stop, but avoiding fighting back. Gender was found to impact on how often did students commit cyberbullying. Male students were involved in cyberbullying more than female students. In addition, single students more than married students encounter cyberbullying by people they know. Finally, students who access the Internet via personal devices observe cyberbullying more than those using shared devices. Based on this, implications were analyzed and suggested were proposed in relation to policy and practice.