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A Proactive Method Against Cyberbullying by using William Golding’s Lord of the flies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Owing to recent trends in cyberbullying, online antagonism and abuse could not only reinforce but also normalize antagonism between students in schools. Cyberbullying is a new form of bullying which ‘involves the use of information and communications technology … to intimidate, harass, victimize, or bully an individual or a group of individuals’ (Bhat 2008, 53). This issue is relevant for young adults as they spend extensive hours on social media. Teaching critical thinking could prove to be beneficial for raising awareness regarding the social injustices occurring on social media. When incorporating critical thinking in education, many scholars suggest the importance of using literature. A fitting literary genre for the current social issue revolving around bullying on social media is dystopias. In fact, dystopias are on the rise in terms of popularity among young adults (Ames 2013). This thesis argues for the usage of a classic dystopian literary novel as one way for addressing the current societal issue of cyberbullying. Through a thematic analysis of the novel Lord of the flies, I propose a proactive method against cyberbullying. By deploying the critical thinking model developed by Bobkina and Stefanova, Lord of the flies can be seen to be a fruitful instrument for creating space for reflection and discussion about cyberbullying.

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2018. , p. 27
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Cyberbullying, critical thinking, power abusage
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164845OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164845DiVA, id: diva2:1280517
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Available from: 2019-08-12 Created: 2019-01-19 Last updated: 2019-08-12Bibliographically approved

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