Exploring a Closer Look: “Cyber-Victimization of Individuals with Long-Term Conditions and Disabilities”
Cyber-victimization is understood as the experience of aggressive behaviors while using information and communication technology modes such as the internet, gaming consoles, and smartphones. Use of the internet can expose an individual to becoming victims of violence, harassment, trolling, stalking, bullying, and crimes in the digital world. Studies have shown that cyberbullies targeted people with physical impairments, intellectual disabilities, and chronic diseases, causing depressive symptoms, anxiety, distress, somatic health complaints, and self-harm (Shoib et. al, 2022). As the prevalence of internet and virtual technologies advance and continue to increase, especially due to COVID-19 pandemic, as does the rate cyber-victimization. Presenter Dr. Zhraa Alhaboby is a Medical doctor (MBBS), with master’s degree in International Primary Healthcare from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry -Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and PhD from the Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire. Zhraa has cross-cultural clinical experience overseas in more than 20 international hospitals and clinics.