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Parents and teachers can use this CNN Student News resource to
address the topic of bullying with their students
Note to Parents and Teachers: CNN Student News has compiled the following tips,
discussion questions, videos, articles and online resources that can be used to
address bullying with students.
Tips for Talking For Parents: Here are a few tips for setting the
tone on bullying discussions with your kids
• Initiate conversations with your kids about their school day. Allow them to talk
about the good and not-so-good experiences that they have.
• Promote self-esteem and confidence by reminding your child of his or her unique
talents and qualities.
• Do a lot of listening as one way of creating a trusting atmosphere between your
child and you.
• Keep the lines of communication open.
Questions for Discussion For Parents and Teachers: Use some
or all of these questions as a way to jumpstart conversations
Bullying and Cyberbullying
What's your definition of bullying? What are some examples of bullying behavior,
both physical and non-physical?
How can some kids use text messaging, social networks, and other non-physical
means to bully someone? Have you ever heard the term "cyberbullying"? What does
it mean? How do you think that cyberbullying might affect a person who is its target?
What are some examples of aggressive behavior? Why do you think that some
people choose to behave aggressively as their way of dealing with others? Do you
think that this behavior can be changed? Explain.
Peer Pressure and Bystanders
Have you ever felt pressure to bully someone or to join in bullying with others? What
thoughts did you consider before you made the decision to be part of the bullying or
not to be part of it? How did you ultimately respond?
How do you think someone feels when he or she is being bullied? Have you ever
seen someone being bullied? What, if anything, did you do? Would you do anything
differently if you are in that situation in the future?
What do you think the role of a bystander should be in a bullying situation? As a
bystander, what response are you most comfortable with? Would you help
someone who is the target of bullying behavior? If so, how? If not, what would
prevent you from helping? What do you think might happen if no one helps the
target of a bully?
Responding to Bullying
Have you ever been the target of bullying behavior? If so, how did it make you feel?
How did you respond? Do you think there were other ways that you could have
responded? Why did you choose the response that you did?
What is your personal plan of action if you are bullied or see someone being
bullied? Is there a staff member at school who will help you if you want to report
bullying behavior that you witness or experience? Who else might you talk to about
Friendship and Respect
What are your thoughts on friendship? What is more important to you: having a lot of
friends or having a few good friends? How do you decide who your friends are?
How do you decide to treat others who are not friends of yours?
How would you explain "respect"? Is it possible to respect a person but not like that
person? Do you think that respect for others is important? Why or why not?
What could you do to set an example of respect? How might your respect for others
benefit you? How might an atmosphere of mutual respect impact a class, a school
and a community?
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If you’re like most teenagers, you spend a lot of time on a cell phone or instant messenger chatting with friends and uploading photos,
videos, and music to websites. You may have online friends whom you’ve never met in person, with whom you play games and exchange
messages. Teens’ lives exist in a variety of places such as school hallways, part-time jobs, and friends’ houses. Now many teens also
have lives on the Internet. And bullying has followed teens online.
Online bullying, called cyberbullying, happens when teens use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or images
intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is a problem that affects almost half of all American teens. Whether you’ve
been a victim of cyberbullying, know someone who has been cyberbullied, or have even cyberbullied yourself, there are steps you and your
friends can take to stop cyberbullying and stay cyber-safe.
How Are Teens Cyberbullied?
Being a victim of cyberbullying can be a common and painful experience. Some youth who cyberbully
Pretend they are other people online to trick others
Spread lies and rumors about victims
Trick people into revealing personal information
Send or forward mean text messages
Post pictures of victims without their consent
When teens were asked why they think others cyberbully, 81 percent said that cyberbullies think it’s funny. Other teens believe that youth
Don’t think it’s a big deal
Don’t think about the consequences
Are encouraged by friends
Think everybody cyberbullies
Think they won’t get caught
How Do Victims React?
Contrary to what cyberbullies may believe, cyberbullying is a big deal, and can cause a variety of reactions in teens. Some teens have
reacted in positive ways to try to prevent cyberbullying by
Blocking communication with the cyberbully
Deleting messages without reading them
Talking to a friend about the bullying
Reporting the problem to an Internet service provider or website moderator
Many youth experience a variety of emotions when they are cyberbullied. Youth who are cyberbullied report feeling angry, hurt,
embarrassed, or scared. These emotions can cause victims to react in ways such as
Seeking revenge on the bully
Avoiding friends and activities
Some teens feel threatened because they may not know who is cyberbullying them. Although cyberbullies may think they are anonymous,
they can be found. If you are cyberbullied or harassed and need help, save all communication with the cyberbully and talk to a parent,
teacher, law enforcement officer, or other adult you trust.
How Can I Prevent Cyberbullying?
Teens have figured out ways to prevent cyberbullying. Follow in the footsteps of other quick-thinking teens and
Refuse to pass along cyberbullying messages
Tell friends to stop cyberbullying
Block communication with cyberbullies
Report cyberbullying to a trusted adult
You can also help prevent cyberbullying by
Speaking with other students, as well as teachers and school administrators, to develop rules against cyberbullying
Raising awareness of the cyberbullying problem in your community by holding an assembly and creating fliers to give to younger kids or
Sharing NCPC’s anti-cyberbullying message with friends
Don’t forget that even though you can’t see a cyberbully or the bully’s victim, cyberbullying causes real problems. If you wouldn’t say it in
person, don’t say it online. Delete cyberbullying. Don’t write it. Don’t forward it.
What Else Can I Do To Stay Cyber-safe?
Remember that the Internet is accessed by millions of people all over the world, not just your friends and family. While many Internet users
are friendly, some may want to hurt you. Below are some ways to stay cyber-safe:
Never post or share your personal information online (this includes your full name, address, telephone number, school name, parents’
names, credit card number, or Social Security number) or your friends’ personal information.
Never share your Internet passwords with anyone, except your parents.
Never meet anyone face-to-face whom you only know online.
Talk to your parents about what you do online.
For More Information
Check out the following resources to learn more about preventing cyberbullying:
www.ncpc.org provides information about stopping cyberbullying before it starts.
Cyberbullying.us provides cyberbullying research, stories, cases, downloads, fact sheets, tips and strategies, news headlines, a blog, and
a number of other helpful resources on their comprehensive public service website.
www.stopcyberbullying.org has a fun quiz to rate your online behavior, information about why some people cyberbully, and how to stop
yourself from cyberbullying.
www.wiredsafety.com provides information about what to do if you are cyberbullied.
www.stopbullyingnow.com has information about what you can do to stop bullying.