La complessità del cyberbullismo. Un approccio di digital literacy

  • Francesco Marrazzo Economic and Statistical Department of the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM), Italy
Keywords: Cyberbullying, Digital Literacy, affordances, digital natives, networked society

Abstract

Recently, in Italy, in public debates related to the new technologies and the teens, unprecedented attention is dedicated to cyberbullying. In the light of the sudden interest in this phenomenon, Internet stakeholders also propose solutions of various kinds, with approaches that are usually repressive rather than educational. According to social researchers more interested in this kind of phenomena, on the other hand, when designing ad hoc interventions and solutions, one can not disregard a convergence between adult discourse and youthful narratives, and from the reconstruction of an imaginary that can be as close as possible to their way of perceiving and thinking about the contents in the spaces of the Net. The present contribution intends therefore to address the complexity of cyberbullying, by adopting an approach that re-establishes the relevance of both the real social-relational dynamics that lie behind the relationship between young people and new technologies, and the concrete modes of operation and the specific characteristics (affordances) of online platforms. In particular, the contribution will underline the importance of a digital literacy process that focuses on the ethical and networking skills that underlie the functioning of the networked society, as well as the usefulness of involving parents and teachers in these paths, in order to a dialogic approach between the actors involved.

Author Biography

Francesco Marrazzo, Economic and Statistical Department of the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM), Italy

Ph.D. in Sociology and social research (direction Sociology of communication and media), carries out teaching activities on methods for the analysis of communication and political communication at the Department of Social Sciences of the "Federico II" University and the Master in “Management of Public Affairs” of the Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples. He is the author of two monographs, a dozen papers (published, among others, on Mediascapes Journal, Sociologia della comunicazione, AIS Journal of Sociology) about digital media and journalism, and an handbook on online political communication (with Grasso G., Political Digital Strategy. Come fare campagna elettorale online, Dario Flaccovio, Palermo 2017). He is currently a public servant at the Economic and Statistical Department of the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM).

Published
2020-08-15
How to Cite
Marrazzo, F. (2020). La complessità del cyberbullismo. Un approccio di digital literacy. Fuori Luogo. Rivista Di Sociologia Del Territorio, Turismo, Tecnologia, 4(2), 73 - 90. https://doi.org/10.6092/2723-9608/6978