PREVALENCE OF CYBERBULLYING AMONG STUDENTS OF A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY IN MALAYSIA: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY

Authors

  • Celine Moo AIMST University, Jalan Bedong-Semeling, 08100 Bedong, Kedah Dharulaman, Malaysia
  • Cheok Chuan Hong AIMST University, Jalan Bedong-Semeling, 08100 Bedong, Kedah Dharulaman, Malaysia
  • Haswinih Rajandran AIMST University, Jalan Bedong-Semeling, 08100 Bedong, Kedah Dharulaman, Malaysia
  • Manisha Manoharan AIMST University, Jalan Bedong-Semeling, 08100 Bedong, Kedah Dharulaman, Malaysia
  • Saraswathi Bina Rai Faculty of Medicine, AIMST University, Jalan Bedong-Semeling, 08100 Bedong, Kedah Dharulaman, Malaysia

Keywords:

cyberbullying, perpetrator, victim, university

Abstract

There are many forms of cyberbullying and many who are cyberbullied are unaware that they have been victims. Some are unaware that they are perpetrators. There has been much misunderstanding on this topic. We assume that cyberbullying does not exist in institutions of higher learning. Our aim here is to assess the prevalence of cyberbullying in a private University in Malaysia, specifically focusing on any perceivable discrimination in cyberbullying based on gender and different courses of study. This is a cross-sectional study using a pre-validated questionnaire. Students were initially asked if they were either a victim or a perpetrator of cyberbullying. They were then given a definition of the various forms of cyberbullying and assessed on prevalence. We also assessed their internet usage and preferred social media platforms. Of the 269 respondents, most (95.9%) used the internet every day, started at primary school or earlier (69.6%), all had at least one social media account, and 94.4% had 3 or more accounts. After the definitions of the various forms of cyberbullying were presented, the number of people who admitted to being a victim or a perpetrator increased. Being male and from the Faculty of Medicine (FOM) were significantly associated with being a victim. Overall, 29.0% admitted to being a victim of at least one form of cyberbullying and 11.2% admitted to being a perpetrator. Cyberbullying does exist in this institution, and though the numbers are small, this needs to be addressed.  

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2023-12-28

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Celine Moo, Cheok Chuan Hong, Haswinih Rajandran, Manisha Manoharan, & Saraswathi Bina Rai. (2023). PREVALENCE OF CYBERBULLYING AMONG STUDENTS OF A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY IN MALAYSIA: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY . Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 23(3), 104–111. Retrieved from https://mjphm.org/index.php/mjphm/article/view/1901