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Tackling bullying with technology : a literature review of existing bullying prevention solutions

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Author: Kinnunen, Essi1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Information Processing Science
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.7 MB)
Pages: 28
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : E. Kinnunen, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-05-12
Thesis type: Bachelor's thesis


Bullying is a serious problem that affects people all around the world, particularly children. The consequences of bullying are so severe that the issue cannot be set aside. There are multiple ways to tackle bullying, and in recent years technology has been brought up as a possible solution. There are different kinds of technological solutions that have different points-of-view to the issue and on how to solve it.

The research method applied in this thesis was a literature review of the technological solutions that have been developed to battle bullying. The purpose of the study was to examine and describe the existing bullying prevention technologies and their distinctive features. Two databases were used to gain material for this study, and through very strict exclusion criteria and several analyses from over 2000 search results, 15 articles were included in this study.

Bullying and cyberbullying as concepts are explained. The study results pointed out four groups of possible solutions to bullying: Serious Games, anti-bullying apps, bullying detecting algorithms, and solutions that combine more than one type of technology as well as one group for cyberbullying. These groups are presented with suitable examples and their identified distinctive characteristics.

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