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Youth response to state cyberbullying laws

Kabir Dasgupta ()

New Zealand Economic Papers, 2019, vol. 53, issue 2, 184-202

Abstract: This study examines the relationship between state cyberbullying laws (which require schools to enact effective guidelines to address cyberbullying) and the reporting behavior of youth. The analysis utilizes nationally representative samples of high-school adolescents from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys and incorporates state-time variation in the implementation of cyberbullying laws in a difference-in-differences framework. Key results indicate that adoption of a cyberbullying law is related to statistically significant increases in the likelihood that students report experiences of being victimized by electronic bullying as well as various forms physical bullying at school. Further empirical analyses signal that the increase in students’ reporting of victimization experiences is likely to be driven by the laws’ intended increase in victims’ reporting rather than by a potential rise in incidence of cyberbullying (and school violence) in the post-implementation period. The regression estimates are robust to the inclusion of multiple sensitivity checks.

Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1080/00779954.2018.1467959

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