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Books and Selected Publications


Shariff, S. and Churchill, A. (Eds.). Truths and myths of cyber-bullying: International perspectives on stakeholder responsibility and children’s safety. New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2009.




Shariff, S. Confronting Cyber-bullying: What schools need to know to control misconduct and avoid legal consequences. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Review at First Amendment Center.




Shariff, S. Cyber-bullying: Issues and solutions for the school, the classroom, and the home. Abington, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge (Taylor & Frances Group), 2008. Review at

ContentID=15334. [Translation rights sold to Portuguese publisher, Artmed Editora, South America].



Shariff, S., and Johnny, L. Censorship! . . . or . . . selection?: Confronting a curriculum of orthodoxy through pluralistic models. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishing, 2007.





Shariff, S. (2nd edition invited by publisher and accepted for publication). Confronting Cyber-bullying: What schools need to know to control misconduct and avoid legal consequences. New York: Cambridge University Press, Law Department.

Published contributions to a collective work and book chapters (including chapters written on invitation or collective works derived from conferences or symposiums)

Shariff, S. Invited to make a submission to the Australian Parliament on Cyber-bullying. Invited by the Australian Parliament Committee on Cyber-Safety, Sydney, Australia, 2011.

Churchill, A. and Shariff, S. "Cyber-bullying: Challenges and opportunities." In Rise up for respectful relationships: Prevent bullying, edited by W.M. Craig, D.J. Pepler and J. Cummings PREVNet Series, Volume II. Kingston, Canada: Authorhouse Publishing, 2009.

Shariff, S. and Hoff, D. "Cyber bullying: Legal Obligations and Educational Policy Vacuum." In Cyber Criminology: Exploring Internet Crimes and Criminal Behavior. Abington, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge (Taylor & Frances Group), 2009.

Shariff, S. "Cyber-bullying and girl culture." In Girl Culture: An encyclopaedia, edited by C. Mitchell C. & J. Reid-Walsh. Westport, CT, USA: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008.

Shariff, S. "Lord of the e-flies: Cyber-dilemmas and the policy vacuum for schools." Proceedings of the first annual PREVNet conference: Intervening and preventing bullying problems. Networks of Centres of Excellence/Réseaux de centres d’excellence (NCE-NI) Annual general meeting: Addressing bullying through partnerships: Canadian and international perspectives, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, May 26, 2006 (10 pages).

Shariff, S. and Johnny, L. "Child rights in cyberspace: Protection, participation and privacy." In Children's rights: Theory, policy and practice, edited by T. O'Neill & D. Zinga, 219-244. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2008.

Jaishankar, K. and Shariff, S. "Cyber-bullying: A transnational perspective." In Crimes of the Internet, edited by F. Schmallager and M. Pittaro, 66-83. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2007.

Shariff, S. & L. Johnny. "Critical Media Literacy to Counter Muslim Stereotypes." In Handbook of Critical Media Literacy, edited by D. Macedo and S. Steinberg, 603-635. New York: Peter Lang, 2007.

Shariff, S. Report on Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) and McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Summer Institute held at McGill University, August 2006.

Shariff, S. "Cyber-bullying: Emerging trend." The Asian Outlook, 1, no. 2 (March 2006): 14.

Shariff, S., and Gouin, R. "Cyber-hierarchies: A new arsenal of weapons for gendered violence in schools." In Combating gender violence in and around schools, edited by F. Leach and C. Mitchell, 33-41. Stoke-on-Trent, UK: Trentham Books, 2006.

Shariff, S. & Strong-Wilson, T. "Bullying and new technologies: What can teachers do to foster socially responsible discourse in the physical and virtual school environments?" In Classroom teaching: An introduction, edited by J. Kincheloe, 219-240. New York: Peter Lang, 2005.

Shariff, S. "A call for academics: Globalization and retirement create opportunities for new educational paradigms". The Ismaili Canada (March 2004), 24-25.

Shariff, S. "Virtual school environments: Should schools be obliged to protect students in cyber-space?" In Law and education: The practice of accountability, edited by R.C. Flynn. Proceedings of the 15th annual conference of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education, held in Ottawa, Ontario, April 18-20, 2004: 379-406. Toronto, ONT: CAPSLE, 2005.

Shariff, S. "Keeping schools out of court: Reasonable tort standards for schools to address psychological harm." In Law in education: Help or hindrance?, edited by R.C. Flynn. Proceedings of the 14th annual conference of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education, held in Jasper, Alberta, April 27-30, 2003: 655-680. Toronto, ONT: CAPSLE, 2004.

Book chapters in progress

Shariff, S. (Invited Chapter). "Defining the Line: From Cyber-bullying to Digital Citizenship." In Children’s Information Behaviour, edited by Jamshid Beheshti and Andy Large. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2011.

Shariff, S. (Invited). "Entry: 1.36.52. Criminal Law and Cyber-Crimes." UNESCO Encyclopedia of LifeSupport Systems - EOLSS.

Published refereed papers (original articles published in journals with editorial review)

Shariff, S., Wiseman, A., and Crestohl, L. (in press, 2012). Defining the Lines between Children’s Vulnerability to Cyberbullying and the Open Court Principle: Implications of A.B. v. Bragg Communications Inc. Education & Law Journal. Vol. 21.3. Carswell.

Retter, C. and Shariff, S. (in press, 2012). A Delicate Balance: Defining the Line Between Open Civil Proceedings and the Protection of Children in the Online Digital Era. Canadian Journal of Law & Technology, Vol. 10, No. 2. Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.

Shariff, S. (in press, 2012). Mapping Global Perspectives on Cyberbullying. A global review of emerging research to on-line peer violence and digital communication among youth. [Commissioned research paper UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, Italy].

Gomez-Garibello, C., Shariff, S., McConnell, M., Talwar, V. (in press 2012). Adolescents’ Evaluation of Cyberbullying Events., Alberta Journal of Educational Research.

Beran, T., Stanton, L., Hetherington, R., Mishna, F., Shariff, S. (2012). Development of the Bullying and Health Experiences Scale Interact. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). J. Med Res 2012; 1(2):e13.

Shariff, S., and Hoff, D. L. "Cyber-bullying: Clarifying legal boundaries for school supervision in cyberspace." International Journal of Cyber Criminology, (January 2007):

Shariff, S. and Johnny, L. "Cyber-libel and cyber-bullying: Can schools protect student reputations and free-expression in virtual environments?" Education & Law Journal 16, no. 3 (2007): 307-342.

Shariff, S. and Gouin, R. "Cyber-dilemmas: Gendered hierarchies, new technologies and cyber-safety in schools." Atlantis - A Women’s Studies Journal 31 no. 1 (2006): 26-36.

Shariff, S. "Balancing competing rights: A stakeholder model for democratic schools." Canadian Journal of Education [Special issue: Democracy and Education] 29, no. 2 (2006): 476-496.

Shariff, S. "Cyber-dilemmas: Balancing free expression and learning in the virtual school environment." International Journal of Learning 12, no. 4 (2006): 269-278. [Electronic version at].

Shariff, S. (2005). "Cyber-dilemmas in the new millennium: Balancing free expression and student safety in cyber-space." McGill Journal of Education [Special Issue: Schools and courts: Competing rights in the new millennium] 40, no. 3 (2005): 467-487.

Submitted refereed papers

Shariff, S. (submitted). "Cyber-bullying and Social Capital: The role of 'virtual wealth' in on-line friendships." Invited article for publication in one of two South American journals: Patio Revista Pedagogica and Patio - Educacao Infantil [to be translated into Portuguese by Artmed SA.]

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