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What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the use of digital-communication tools (such as the Internet and cell phones) to make another person feel angry, sad, or scared, usually again and again. (Learn about the different roles kids play in a cyberbullying situation.)

Examples of cyberbullying include sending hurtful texts or instant messages, posting embarrassing photos or video on social media, and spreading mean rumors online or with cell phones.

If you're trying to figure out whether your kid is being cyberbullied, think about whether the offender is being hurtful intentionally and repeatedly. If the answer is no, the offender might simply need to learn better online behavior. If the answer is yes, take it seriously.  (from Common Sense Media)


Video Discussion Questions

(for parents & teachers)

  • Have you ever seen somebody break a rule or law?
  • What do you call a person who sees a bad thing happening but is not the victim or the person who is doing the bad thing?
  • What is a bystander to cyberbullying?
  • What are some ways bystanders can be "upstanders" when they witness cyberbullying?
  • What are some things that our class will do to be upstanders when we witness cyberbullying?
  • How can you be an upstander when you witness cyberbullying?


Video Discussion Questions

(for parents & teachers)

  • What factors intensify cyberbullying and online cruelty, and what can you do to lessen them?
  • How do you think someone might feel after being the target of cyberbullying?
  • How do you think the online cruelty might be different from offline behavior?
  • Have you ever encountered online cruelty?
  • What are some roles that different people play in cyberbullying situations, and how would you describe each one?
  • Why is it important to be an Upstander rather than a bystander?

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