Autism

Cyber-bullying’s victims and perpetrators

Research has uncovered some disturbing information about cyberbullying among children with SEND, reports Dean West.
Students looking at a mobile phone with very serious faces

The internet can afford those with SEND an easier means of relating to their peers, and communication technologies can ‘act as a leveller’ (Cross et al., 2009, p.8) for those with disabilities. Kowalski and Fedina suggested that some with SEND might lack social skills and empathy, and be emotionally volatile. The possible increased inability to understand and develop relationships with others can lead to problems online as well as offline .

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