Intro: Cyberbullying is a global issue that usually occurs with increased social media usage. A number of studies have found significant gender differences in social media use and cyberbullying, although gender differences are not consistent across studies. Despite the increase in access to cellphones and Internet in Belize, no studies have investigated how adolescents are using these resources. The purpose of this study was to investigate gender differences involving how adolescents in Belize are using social media and if cyberbullying is a problem. Methods: A written 25 question survey was created based on previous cyberbullying and social media surveys. It consisted of ranking items, rating items on a 5-point scale, yes or no questions, and questions that asked students to check all that apply. Counselors from all six districts of Belize were asked to disseminate the surveys to all of the primary and secondary schools in their districts. Results: 303 participants responded with 68 males and 235 females. A chi-square test of independence found that females were significantly more likely to post very often to Snapchat, χ2 (4) = 13.78, p
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kasahara, G. M. (2017). Gender Differences in Social Media Use and Cyberbullying in Belize [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/753/
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