In an increasingly mediated communication environment, we observe more and more instances of cyber aggressive behaviors such as nasty comments, nonconsensual image sharing, and social exclusion among early adolescents. Group processes seem to play a prominent role here. It is important to me to examine these processes, as this may enable us to mitigate disinhibited online behavior in the future.
Daniëlle Bleize is a PhD Student at the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University. Her research interests are broadly situated around online communication in social interactions, digital media literacy, and behavior change. In her PhD project, she focuses on the psychological processes involved in conformity to group behavior of WhatsApp groups. The goal of the project is to design and test an applied intervention to reduce conformity to cyber aggression among early adolescents.