Hinduja and his collaborator Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Centre, will rigorously construct a nationally-representative panel of teens ages 12 to 17 years old who will be surveyed with parental consent.
Apart from descriptive findings by age, gender, grade, and other important demographics, they also will collect data on contributing factors to perpetration and victimisation, as well as the negative outcomes that stem from cyberbullying participation as an aggressor or a target.
There are a number of similarities between cyberbullying and electronic dating violence. Both naturally employ technology and lead to specific emotional, psychological, physical, and behavioural consequences. Cyberbullying tends to occur between individuals who do not like and do not want to be around each other. Electronic dating violence transpires between two people who are attracted to each other, at least on some level. "Most previous studies have focused on local schools or school districts as data sources. This leads to a key methodological limitation - the potential lack of generalizability - which can be addressed with a nationally-representative replication," Hinduja commented. Results of this study will be disseminated through blogs and fact sheets posted on the Cyberbullying Research Centre's website. Hinduja received the "Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award" for 2015 from Auburn University for his efforts and contributions on the subject. He recently spoke on Capitol Hill at a Congressional Briefing about cyberbullying and dating violence among teenagers.