The Impact Of Self Esteem On The Relationship Between Empathy And Cyberbullying

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The Impact of Self-Esteem on the Relationship between Empathy and Cyberbullying
The rapid evolution of the internet over the last two decades has been partly driven by the popularity of electronic communication technologies. One group to fully embrace this new medium of communication is adolescents (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2011). Adolescents of the twenty-first century have never known a pre-internet world, with an estimated 96% of Australian adolescents aged 12-14 years old accessing the internet at some time during the past twelve months (ABS, 2011). Notably, 72% of Australian adolescents access the internet more the once a day (Raco, 2014). Electronic communication enables users to interact with an extended social network in a variety of ways, and provides adolescents with a platform to express their views and opinions in a way that was never available for previous generations. The internet has become an integral part of the Australian an adolescent’s life, with 82% accessing the internet every day for education and homework, to message friends, play games, visit social websites, chat, and email (Australian Communications and Media Authority [ACMA], 2008). The availability of online electronic communication twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, has both positive and negative consequences for adolescents (Bishop, 2013; Jordán-Conde, Mennecke, & Townsend, 2014; Reid & Boyer, 2013). While providing an opportunity of enhanced social interactions
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