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1 Medienhelden againstcyberbullying: Results of the German Research Team Wölfer, Schultze-Krumbholz, Jäkel, Zagorscak, & Scheithauer, Freie Universität Berlin

2 Introduction Althoughcyberbullying isa growingconcernin Germany, hardly any evaluated programs exist. Therefore, we designed the preventive intervention program Medienhelden ( Media Heroes ).

3 Introduction Prevention of cyberbullying & promotion of online selfprotection Structured, manual-based preventive program Targetingmiddle-school students(7th-10th grade) Implemented by trained and supervised teachers Integrated within the existing school curriculum Manual to be published in May.

4 TheoreticalBackground definitions, legal rights, knowledge online securityoptions, and competencies social skills such as empathy Raising students awareness w.r.t.: consequences of (cyber)bullying for attitude towards the behavior victims legal risks of (cyber)bullying for bullies Program-intended change w.r.t.: social responsibility subjective norms class climate and students norms Gaining experience w.r.t.: preventive online self-protection perceived behavioral control helping oneself and others when victimized intention reducing(cyber)bullying behavior increasing online-self-protection

5 The Program - Variations of Medienhelden - Long Version 10 weeks 90 minutes per week Short Version 1 day 4 sessionsof 90 minutes each

6 The Program - Intervention Components (Long Version) - WEEK1 Assets and dangers of new media Introduction WEEK2 Cyberbullying: Definitions& Consequences Awarenessraising, Education WEEK3 Cyberbullying: Feelings & perspectives Empathy training WEEK4 Participant roles and opportunities for action Role play WEEKS 5-6 How to defend oneself and others on the internet? Peer-to-peer tutoring WEEK7 Legal range of actions Moral dilemmas WEEKS 8-9 Parents evening Peer-to-parent tutoring WEEK 10 Reflection Quiz (Consolidation of knowledge)

7 The Program - Intervention Components (Short Version) - WEEK1 Assets and dangers of new media Introduction WEEK2 Cyberbullying: Definitions& Consequences Sessions Awarenessraising, 1-2 Education (contents shortened) WEEK3 Cyberbullying: Feelings & perspectives Empathy training WEEK4 Participant roles and opportunities for action Role play WEEKS 5-6 How to defend oneself and others on the internet? Session 3 Peer-to-peer tutoring (contents shortened) WEEK7 Legal range of actions Moral dilemmas WEEKS 8-9 Parents evening Peer-to-parent tutoring WEEK 10 Reflection Session 4

8 The Program -Examples(I) - Peer-to-Peer Tutoring

9 The Program -Examples(II) - Peer-to-Parent Tutoring

10 The Program -Examples(III) - Role-plays

11 Evaluation Design IG Long IG Short CG Teacher training PRETEST Long Intervention Project Day No Intervention POSTTEST 8-9 months

12 Sample 35 school classes from Berlin, Germany 654 students provided data at pre- and posttest Gender: 53% girls; Age: M=13.34 years(sd=1.00)

13 Instruments -SelfReports byteachersandstudents- Teacher reports regarding treatment integrity Student reports regarding: Cyberbullying Behavior: 12 items, Cronbachs-α =.86 Empathy in Virtual Context: 7 items, Cronbachs-α =.83; Perspective-Taking Skills: 8 items, Cronbachs-α =.85 Self-Esteem: 8 items, Cronbachs-α =.87; Subjective Health: 8 items, Cronbachs-α =.76

14 Results - Treatment Integrity(Teachers) - Howdidyoulikethematerials overall? Do you think something has changed in the class? 29% a lot a lot 43% 86% 29% 14% not atall nothing

15 Results -Treatment Efficacy (Students) - CONTROL GROUP INTERVENTION GROUP (SHORT) INTERVENTION GROUP (LONG) Cyberbullying Behavior Empaty Perspective Taking Self Esteem Subjective Health Cyberbullying Behavior Empaty Perspective Taking Self Esteem Subjective Health Empaty Perspective Taking SelfEsteem, Subjective Health Cyberbullying Behavior

16 Discussion Medienhelden is perceived as highly applicable as a schoolbased program by teachers. Moreover, it evidentially prevents cyberbullying, fosters social skills, and causes positive subjective side effects for students. Students presenting their Medienhelden certificates

17 Medienhelden againstcyberbullying: Results of the German Research Team Wölfer, Schultze-Krumbholz, Jäkel, Zagorscak, & Scheithauer, Freie Universität Berlin

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