Out of sight, out of mind: a comparison of bullying and cyberbullying pre-pandemic and during the pandemic lockdown.

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


As the world strategized to cope with the rapid spread of the Corona virus, schools closed, and classes moved online. It was anticipated that a move to online learning could see an increase in cyberbullying as students spent longer hours in virtual environments. This study sought to compare the level of cyberbullying and bullying reported by students before and during the lockdown in the Punjab region. Over six hundred middle-school students completed an online, shortened version of the student Aggression and Victimization Questionnaire (SAVQ - Skrzypiec, 2015), which assessed students experiences of victimization while in lockdown. Results from this study were compared with findings from an earlier study where approximately 600 Punjabi middle-school students had answered the same questions (Skrzypiec, Wyra & Didaskalou, 2019). Stark differences indicated that experiences of cyberbullying, and bullying were less common among students during the lockdown than prior to it. Possible explanations for this finding are discussed in the presentation.
Period18 Feb 202120 Feb 2021
Event title“Actualizing Human Potential”. 56th National and 25th International Conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology (IAAP)
Event typeConference
LocationPatiala, IndiaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational