Criminologists and psychologists have long recognized that parenting practices can affect childhood outcomes and the development of moral beliefs in children. Another body of literature provides evidence that morality is a key cause of antisocial behavior. Yet, a noticeable gap in this line of work has been testing the mediation effects of parenting practices on cyberbullying via moral beliefs. Using a sample of South Korean adolescents, we tested whether moral beliefs mediate the relationships between parenting practices and cyberbullying perpetration. Results show that parental supervision and excessive parenting can influence cyberbullying perpetration and that the impact of parenting practices is partially indirect through moral beliefs.
Choi, J. , Lee, S. & Dittmann, L. (2022). The Relationship between Parenting Practices and Cyberbullying Perpetration: The Mediating Role of Moral Beliefs. International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence & Cybercrime: 5(1), 4-22. Available at: https://doi.org/10.52306/ROMW4216 Copyright © 2022 Jaeyong Choi, Seungmug (Zech) Lee, and Layne Dittmann