"e-methodology" 2015 

 

 

Prevalence of cyberbullying and other forms of online aggression among Polish students with mild intellectual disability

 

Piotr Plichta

University of Wrocław, The Faculty of History and Pedagogy,  Institute of Pedagogy, 1 J.W. Dawida str., 50-527 Wrocław, Poland

E-mail address: p.plichta@wp.pl

 

ABSTRACT

The article deals with the topic of online aggression (cyberbullying) among mildly intellectually disabled adolescents attending special middle schools (N=100). Electronic aggression is a broad semantic concept encompassing the use of modern information and communication technologies as tools of aggression (e.g. mobile phones or computers connected to the Internet). Limited social competences and the specificity of new media can have influence on online safety of intellectually disabled Internet users. Fifty-three percent of the respondents have at least once in their life performed one electronic (online) aggression act, whereas 65% fell victim to a form of aggression performed over the Internet or a mobile phone. Fifteen percent of the intellectually disabled pupils experienced cyberbullying – potentially, the most harmful form of electronic aggression. Every fifth pupil admitted to the cyberbullying perpetration. What the data shows is  the relatively high level of involvement of  pupils with mild intellectual disability in electronic aggression, both  as victim and/or  perpetrator.

 

 Keywords: intellectual disability, electronic aggression, cyberbullying, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the Internet

DOI: 10.15503/emet2015.112.127

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