Review article: “Cyberbullying among Children and Youth: A Review of Prevention Programs”

Psychological topics is a journal of the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Rijeka, which publishes original scientific papers, reviews articles and short reports from various fields of psychology. The journal Psychological Topics under this title dates back to 1997. We are especially pleased that article written by the head of the City Office for Health and experts from Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center was published in the July issue of the journal Psychological Topics (Vol. 29, No. 2, 2020) entitled “Cyberbullying among Children and Youth: A Review of Prevention Programs”.

The authors of the paper are Vjekoslav Jeleč, PhD, MD Head of the City Office for Health, Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, director of the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center, Ana Raguž, MS of psychology, Krešimir Prijatelj, MS of psychology and Dora Vranjican, MS of psychology, psychologists of Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center. With this work, the authors reviewed preventive program of cyberbullying among children, from around the world and Croatia.



In the last decade, a growing body of research has dealt with the effects of cyberbullying on mental health of children and youth, and the results have systematically shown that cyberbullying is on the rise and that the mental health consequences are negative for both victims and perpetrators. Effective prevention programs for cyberbullying targeting children, youth, professionals, parents, and all those involved in upbringing are being developed and evaluated in the world, Europe and Croatia. Common features of implementing successful prevention programs that most authors agree on are the education of students, teachers, professional assistants and parents, their collaboration, the use of quality interactive educational content and knowledge of following protocols for schools in cases of electronic violence.


From the conclusion:

“In conclusion, in the Croatian context, it is necessary to pay additional attention to refining the effectiveness of implemented electronic violence prevention programs, i.e. additional research evaluation programs are needed to achieve quality development of new or changes to existing cyberbullying prevention programs.”


You can download the entire article from the Croatian scientific and professional journals base “Hrčak” in PDF format (On Croatian language) on this link.

Disclaimer: This is unofficial translation provided for information purposes. Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center cannot be held legally responsible for any translation inaccuracy.   


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