Effects of Cyber Harassment on Female Students at Pwani University

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THE IMPACT OF CYBER HARRASSMENT ON FEMALE STUDENTS AT PWANI UNIVERSITY COLLEGE IN KILIFI, KENYA

Submitted To:
Dr. Halimu Shauri

By
Esther Wambui Amos
C01/PUC/0146/10

A report presented
In Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the award of a degree in Bachelor of Arts
In the school of Humanities and Social Sciences

© May 2012

DECLARATION
I the undersigned, hereby declare that the work contained in this report is my original work that I have not previously in its entirety or in part submitted it at any other University for an award of a degree or diploma. Signed: ________________________ Date: ____________________________  

This work was completed under my supervision

Dr Halimu Suleiman Shauri
Senior Lecturer of Sociology

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
I wish to express my gratitude to all persons who helped me while writing this report which has not been an easy task. To my friends, colleagues and mother for encouraging me when I hit a roadblock and got frustrated.  Second, my gratitude goes to my lecturer, Dr Halimu Shauri for his support and guidance while writing this report.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
2.1 Background to the Study
2.2 Problem Statement
2.3 General Objectives
2.4 Specific Objectives
2.5 Research Questions
2.6 Justification
2.7 Limitations

2. CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
2.1 Introduction to the Literature Review
2.2 Types of Cyber Harassment
2.3 Conceptual framework
2.4 Theoretical Framework

3. CHAPTER THREE: METHODOLOGY
4.8 Study Area
4.9 Study Population
4.10 Target Population
4.11 Research Design
4.12 Sampling Design
4.13 Data Collection
4.14 Data Analysis
4.15 Ethical Considerations
4. CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION, INTERPRETATION AND DISCUSSION

5. SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

ABSTRACT

Cyber crimes are offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet (Chat rooms, emails, notice boards and groups) and mobile phones (Wikipedia 2012). Such crimes may threaten a nation’s security and financial stability. Issues surrounding this type of crime have become high-profile, particularly those surrounding cracking, cyber terrorism, copyright infringement, child pornography, and child grooming. There are also problems of privacy when confidential information is lost or intercepted, lawfully or otherwise.

The overall objective of the study was to investigate and document the impact of cyber harassment on the female students of Pwani University College. The study focused on the emotional and psychological effects of cyber harassment. Primary and secondary data was used in the study. . Sampling was done through snowball and purposive sampling techniques. Primary data was gathered through the use of questionnaires (structured and unstructured). .

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background to the Study
Use of cyberspace and its attendant features of anonymity have both negative and positive influences on social aspects of every society. Cyber space has provided secure tools and spaces where men and women can enjoy their freedom of expression, information and privacy of communication. The same benefits of privacy and anonymity also extend to those who employ Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) to commit cyber crimes such as cyber harassment or cyber stalking. The distinction between cyber harassment and cyber stalking is very minute; cyber stalking is almost always characterized by the stalker relentlessly pursuing his or her victim online and is much more...
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