[Promotion of media competence and prevention of cyberbullying using the Medienhelden program: results from an evaluation study ].

  • Scheithauer H
  • Schultze-Krumbholz A
  • Wölfer R
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The manualized Medienhelden (engl. Media Heroes) program (Schultze-Krumbholz, Zagorscak, Siebenbrock, Scheithauer, 2012) is implemented in the school environment either as a ten-week program during lessons (curriculum; IGL) or as a single project day with reduced content of the long version (IGK). In consecutive lessons, topics of the program are, for example: definition of cyberbullying, its negative impact, how to protect oneself on the internet, and opportunities to react in appropriate ways. The program utilizes mainly cognitive-behavioral methods. In the present contribution the program and selected results from a controlled, pre-follow-up evaluation study with 570 adolescents (Ncontrolgroup = 289, NIGK = 98 and NIGL = 183), from one general high school and four college preparatory high schools from a German major city will be presented. Results show that cyberbullying decreased in both intervention groups (project day, curriculum) compared to the control group while at the same time an increase of social competencies, self-esteem, and subjective health was observed. These effects were more pronounced for the curriculum intervention group. An opposite pattern was found for the control group: Cyberbullying and empathy worsened, and no change was found for perspective-taking, self-esteem, and subjective health. The program shows both preventive and intervention effects.

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  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Bullying
  • Cell Phones
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Computer Literacy
  • Computers
  • Crime Victims
  • Crime Victims: psychology
  • Curriculum
  • Empathy
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manuals as Topic
  • Schools
  • Self Concept
  • Social Adjustment
  • Social Media
  • Software

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  • Herbert Scheithauer

  • Anja Schultze-Krumbholz

  • Ralf Wölfer

  • Pavle Zagorscak

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