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Understanding and reducing conformity to cyber aggression among adolescents in mobile messaging apps

Cyber aggression – such as nonconsensual image sharing, offensive comments, and social exclusion – poses risks for young adolescents. To date, research has focused mostly on aspects of online communication technologies that cause or trigger instances of cyber aggression. However, people use and misuse media. Instead of attempting to account for these behaviors by pinpointing solely at faulty aspects of the medium, this project employs a Social Identity Perspective on in-group processes that motivate adolescents to go along with (i.e. conform to) cyber aggression in messaging apps.

PhD student: Daniëlle Bleize

Supervision team: Moniek Buijzen (promotor), Doeschka Anschütz (copromotor), Martin Tanis (copromotor)