Date Approved

3-31-2016

Embargo Period

3-31-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Ane Turner

Second Advisor

Raivetz, Mark J.

Third Advisor

Walker, Jeanette S.

Subject(s)

Cyberbullying; Teachers

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative heuristic study was to explore the lived experiences of educators who were cyber harassed by students, parents, or others.

New and innovative technology and technological devices are being developed at a rapid pace. New innovation can bring about new issues and problems. A great deal of research has been conducted about students bullying other students; however, this study focuses on educators who have been cyber harassed.

Using a qualitative heuristic research design, co-researchers engaged in interviews to expound upon their lived experiences of being cyber harassed. Findings from the research reveal that several themes emerged from this body of work. Co-researchers were initially hesitant to break their silence. Their emotional domain, professional, and personal lives were affected, and they possessed a paucity of knowledge regarding any type of school policy that would address their situation. Implications for social change, policy, practice, and further research are outlined in detail in the study.

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