Teenagers are Subjected to Cyber Bullying in Social Media Ask.fm

Achmad, Zainal Abidin and Wiranata, I Made Anom and Mardliyah, Sjafiatul (2016) Teenagers are Subjected to Cyber Bullying in Social Media Ask.fm. In: International Conference on Contemporary and Political Affair (ICoCSPA) 2016, 15-16 Nopember 2016, Universitas Airlangga Surabaya.

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Ask.fm has become a medium for bullying by targeting teenagers. Since this media has become one of the favorite social media for teenagers in Indonesia. The main activities undertaken by teenagers through Ask.fm is asking questions and answering questions. When interacting through Ask.fm, the owner of this account can do so by using the original name as their identity or as anonymous. The anonymous feature provided by Ask.fm is often used to do bullying on teenagers. However, there are a lot of questions and answers that are roughly even led to an insult to the harassment. This can be described as Cyberbullying through social media. Cyberbullying on teenagers is defined as a situation in which a child, pre-teen, or teen repeatedly tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, or being targeted by children or other teenagers by using short message service, e-mail, social media, or a wide variety of other types of digital communication media. This study uses the determination of technology theory and the New Media theory. The new media is bringing new forms of interaction between people to a personal relationships in a way that could not be done by the media earlier. The new media also contains power, limitations, losses, gains, and vacillation. To explore the perception of teenagers about Cyberbullying, this study used qualitative research methods with in-depth interviews. The teenagers who became the study informants and interviewed have the following requirements: teenagers who have Ask.fm accounts; teenagers who have experienced bullying, and teenagers who have committed bullying through Ask.fm. The conclusions of this study are: 1) Ask.fm in social media is perceived as a bad thing because of the high level of Cyberbullying on teenagers. 2) One of the features in Ask.fm which facilitates the bully is the anonymous feature. The perpetrators of Cyberbullying feel safe because their identity is not visible when asking questions that contain insults or scorn. 3) Interestingly, the informants did not become a deterrent to use Ask.fm despite experiencing bullying. This is due to the high curiosity. 4) Due to having experienced bullying, the informant joining in bullying is inadvertent through questions. They do not realize that such action is bullying.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences > Departement of Communication
Depositing User: Zainal Abidin Achmad
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2023 14:49
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2023 14:49
URI: http://repository.upnjatim.ac.id/id/eprint/13084

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