Tackling Cyberbullying: Review of Empirical Evidence Regarding Successful Responses by Students, Parents, and Schools

  • Sonja Perren
  • Lucie Corcoran
  • Helen Cowie
  • Francine Dehue
  • D'Jamila Garcia
  • Conor Mc Guckin
  • Anna Sevcikova
  • Panayiota Tsatsou
  • Trijntje Völlink


A summary of current knowledge on successful responses to cyberbullying differentiating between three different response domains: reducing risks, combatting the problem, and buffering negative impact. A systematic literature search yielded thirty-six relevant studies, most of which report findings regarding general prevention strategies (e.g., anti-bullying policies or cybersafety strategies) and the use of coping strategies such as seeking support, responding (retaliation or confronting), technical solutions, and avoidant and emotion-focussed strategies. Whilst a few studies report perceived success, very few measure the success of the strategies in relation to risks and outcomes. There is a clear lack of evidence concerning successful responses.
Focus: Evidence-Based Developmental Prevention of Youth Violence and Bullying...