Date of Award
Submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Criminal Justice in the Graduate College of Bridgewater State University, 2016
Master of Science
Over the decades, the advance of the social networking sites and computer-mediated communication tools has facilitated cybercriminals to expand their scope of criminal activities from the physical world to the virtual realm. Cybercriminals can easily leverage the Internet to operate sexual crime such as cyber-harassment. This study aims to empirically assess cyber-harassment victimization in South Korea via Cyber-Routine Activities Theory (2008). Cyber-Routine Activities Theory includes five major tenets: 1) digital capable guardianship, 2) motivated offender online, 3) suitable target online, 4) online risky behavior, and 5) online vocational and leisure activities. Data were derived from the 2013 Korean Institute of Criminology’s survey, which is dedicated to examining Koreans’ social networking sites usages and its related online behaviors. The results suggest that risky online behaviors and inadequate cyber security on social networking sites substantially contribute to the overall cyber harassment victimization.
Kyung-shick Choi (chair)
Back, Sinchul. (2016). Empirical Assessment of Cyber Harassment Victimization via Cyber-Routine Activities Theory. In BSU Master’s Theses and Projects. Item 30.
Available at http://vc.bridgew.edu/theses/30
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