Bystander intervention in cyberbullying to be topic of February colloquium

Brody HeadshotNick Brody, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Puget Sound, will deliver a colloquium on the topic of bystander intervention in cyberbullying on February 29. Join us; all are welcome.

WHEN: Monday, February 29 at 3:30 p.m.
CMU 126

SYNOPSIS: Bystander Intervention in Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying – or bullying behavior which occurs via electronic or digital media – has recently received a great deal of attention from both researchers and the popular press. Although bullying is often only cited as a concern amongst middle and high school students, it is a common behavior regardless of age. Victims experience a variety of immediate and long-term negative outcomes associated with being bullied. Moreover, many cyberbullying incidents occur in the “virtual” presence of others, and bystanders to cyberbullying incidents have the ability to attenuate the social and mental anguish of victims Despite the fact that bystanders are sometimes present, they often do not intervene – choosing instead to passively observe or even join in on the bullying.

This talk will review my research concerning bystander intervention in cyberbullying. Several factors influence the propensity of a bystander to take action in cyberbullying incidents – the number of bystanders, the anonymity of the bystander, and the closeness between the bystander and the victim.  In addition, I will review research relating to the nature of cyberbullying on social networking sites, and how language use in bystander accounts of cyberbullying reflects intervention behavior.

BIO: Nick Brody is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. His research explores the interplay of mediated communication and personal relationships, and he teaches classes in online communication, communication theory, quantitative research methods, and relational communication. His recent research has examined bystander behavior in cyberbullying episodes, relational maintenance via text messaging, social networking site use during breakups, language use in breakup accounts, and communication in on-again/off-again relationships. This research appears in Communication Monographs, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Personal Relationships, Communication Research Reports, and Computers in Human Behavior. He received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013.