Online Peer Victimization of Rural Youth

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. gain an understanding of the vulnerabilities of rural adolescents to online victimization.
  2. learn the importance of considering how adolescents use social media in determining its risk.
  3. understand different usage patterns in understanding how rural youth use social media.


Rural youth may be at higher risk for negative outcomes of online victimization due to increased isolation, barriers to connecting with social support, and greater difficulties in accessing mental health treatment. This session presents results of a study with high school students intended to understand how different patterns of social media use affect exposure to peer victimization. Attendees will better understand how social media use can influence risks of victimization in rural youth.



Bradford Daly, Alfred University
Rachel A. Gardner, Alfred University


Jacqueline Diana, Abby C. Nevill


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