COST Action IS0801 – Cyberbullying -project: coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies, in relationships in educational settings

Main responsible partners in Finland
Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku
Maritta Välimäki, Professor
Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä
Maili Pörhölä, Professor

Finnish Management Committee members
Professor Maritta Välimäki (UTU)
Professor Maili Pörhölä (JYU)
Professor Christina Salmivalli (UTU, substitute member)
Dr Marjo Kurki (UTU, substitute member)

Main contacts
Professor Peter Smith, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Action Chair

Professor Georges Steffgen, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Action Vice Chair

Cyberbullying refers to bullying and harassment of others by means of new electronic technologies, primarily mobile phones and the internet. There has been much research and action on traditional forms of bullying in schools, with some success, but cyberbullying has arisen and increased in the last few years. Researchers, pupils, parents, teachers, unions, and local, regional and national authorities, are all in various ways starting to grapple with the issues involved in cyberbullying, in consultation with mobile phone companies and internet service providers. There are also positive uses of new technologies for relationships in schools; for example, using a school intranet for peer support services.

to share expertise on cyberbullying in educational settings, and coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies

Working Groups, Workshops, a final Conference, exchange of personnel, and involving the stakeholders

The Action formally started in October 2008, and lasted for 4 years, finishing in October 2012.

The activities of the Action were organized by a Management Committee and 28 countries have been represented on the Management Committee.

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