Ana Margarida Veiga Simão
University of Lisbon, Portugal

Cyberbullying: explanatory factors of behavior among young people and intervention proposals.

Participants: Ana Margarida Veiga Simão; Cirenia Quintana-Orts; Daniel Falla; Sidclay Souza; Nádia Pereira.

Cyberbullying is a social phenomenon that affects young people around the world, especially as a consequence of the increase in online social communications. Therefore, a better understanding of the factors that explain cyberbullying behaviors among young people is relevant to avoid the associated negative consequences. In addition, there is still a need to develop interventions that can contribute to the prevention of this problem and to intervene early, not only directly with young people, but also by training teachers to be alert and act efficiently. This symposium consists of four papers, which will present the results found in different studies on cyberbullying developed in Spain, Chile and Portugal. The first paper will address factors and motives related to the behavior of cyberbullying observers from the perspective of adolescents. The second paper will present the results of a longitudinal study on the relationship between cyberaggression and moral disengagement mechanisms and, in addition, the mediating effect of empathy. The third paper will address the relationship between cybervictimization and cyberaggression with emotional regulation difficulties in a sample of university students, as well as the moderating role of family support in previous relationships. Finally, in the fourth presentation, the results of a needs assessment and validation study will be presented, with the aim of developing a training for teachers focused on a digital platform and a serious game to prevent and intervene in cyberbullying.

Professor at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Lisbon, in the area of Educational Psychology. Member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon and Coordinator of Educational and Guidance Psychology. Coordinator of the Adaptation Processes in Context research group of the Center for Research in Psychological Science (CICPSI). Coordinator of the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Educational Psychology (Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon). She has been Principal Investigator in several research projects and has published research articles in scientific journals focused on self-regulation of learning, learning strategies, teacher training and professional development, teacher training in collaborative contexts, peer violence and promotion of coexistence and student well-being, bullying and cyberbullying. She is currently Principal Investigator of the project "Te@ch4SocialGood: promoting prosociality in schools to prevent cyberbullying", funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (PTDC/PSI-GER/1918/2020) of Portugal.



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