Creating a WhatsApp Dataset to Study Pre-teen Cyberbullying

Rachele Sprugnoli*, Stefano Menini, Sara Tonelli, Filippo Oncini, Enrico Maria Piras

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

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Although WhatsApp is used by teenagers as one major channel of cyberbullying, such interactions remain invisible due to the app privacy policies that do not allow ex-post data collection. Indeed, most of the information on these phenomena rely on surveys regarding self-reported data. In order to overcome this limitation, we describe in this paper the activities that led to the creation of a WhatsApp dataset to study cyberbullying among Italian students aged 12-13. We present not only the collected chats with annotations about user role and type of offense, but also the living lab created in a collaboration between researchers and schools to monitor and analyse cyberbullying. Finally, we discuss some open issues, dealing with ethical, operational and epistemic aspects.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteProceedings of the Second Workshop on Abusive Language Online (ALW2)
Numero di pagine9
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2018
EventoSecond Workshop on Abusive Language Online (ALW2) - Brussels, Belgium
Durata: 31 ott 201831 ott 2018


WorkshopSecond Workshop on Abusive Language Online (ALW2)
CittàBrussels, Belgium


  • cyberbullying detection, hate speech, annotation, whatsapp


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