Pop Quiz: How to Recognize Cyberbullying

Pop Quiz: How to Recognize Cyberbullying

Test Your Knowledge of this Modern Form of Bullying and What to Do About It

Cyberbullying is a major problem in this day and age of 24/7 digital access, and it has led to some very sad outcomes that have made national headlines.  Cyberbullying is a topic that everyone needs to be aware of; this is so that everyone knows how to recognize this modern form of bullying.  Take our quiz on recognizing cyberbullying so you know how to spot it, and know what do about it.

1. Which of the following is an example of cyberbullying?
A. Sending mean and/or threatening texts or emails
B. Posting embarrassing photos on social media
C. Creating a fake profile and pretending to be someone else
D. Spreading rumors through messages, videos, online chats, etc.
E. All of the Above

2. True or False?  Studies have shown that both those who are victims are bullied, and those who are bullies themselves, have an increased risk of depression.

3. Which of the following is not a proven side effect of being a victim of bullying?
A. An increased risk for mental health problems, including depression
B. Headaches
C. Weight gain
D. Damage to self-esteem
E. Trouble adjusting to school

4. In addition to increased depression, studies have shown that bullies are also affected by their behavior in which of the following ways?
A. An increased risk for substance abuse
B. Academic problems
C. Increase rate of violence towards others later in life
D. All of the Above

5. True or False?  Victims of cyberbullying have greater depression rates than bullies and victims of traditional bullying.

6. While cyberbullying is usually accompanied by bullying in person, it differs from traditional bullying because of which of the following?
A. Victims cannot escape cyberbullying, because it is on their home computer, cell phone, etc.
B. Parents and other adults have a hard time detecting cyberbullying.
C. Cyberbullying allows others to join in easily or act as bystanders as long as the post, comments, pictures, videos, etc. are online for all to see.
D. All of the Above.

7. Signs someone is being victimized by cyberbullying include which of the following?
A. Depression, loneliness, anxiety, low self-esteem, thoughts of suicide, etc.
B. Avoiding school, electronics, the Internet, etc.
C. Illnesses like stomach aches, headaches, tiredness, lack of appetite
D. Changes in behavior, changes in social circles, and friends
E. All of the Above

8. What should parents and adults do to help an adolescent who is a victim of cyberbullying?
A. Listen to the victim, and help him or her to find solutions
B. Help the victim block the perpetrators digitally
C. Enlist the help of the school
D. Contact law enforcement if the bullying includes threats of violence, shares inappropriate photos, or breaks other laws
E. All of the Above

9. Which of the following is not a method used to successfully prevent bullying and cyberbullying?
A. Establishing parental expectations of etiquette while online, using cell phones, etc.
B. Parental monitoring of adolescents’ activities while online
C. Posting pictures of known bullies on social media sites
D. Supporting school-wide bullying and cyberbullying awareness programs and bullying policies
E. Teaching kids about traditional bullying and cyberbullying, such as how to not be a bystander while others are being bullied, to always seek help from an adult when being bullied, etc.

Resources: Information provided by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, BJPsych Bulletin, and StopBullying.gov.

1. E. All of the Above.  Any harassment, threats, rumors, secrets, or embarrassing texts, emails, pictures, or videos transmitted digitally are considered cyberbullying.
2. True.  Both victims of bullying and bullies themselves have higher depression rates.
3. C. Weight gain.  The others are proven side effects of being a victim of bullying.
4. D. All of the Above.  There are negative side effects of being a bully as well.
5. True.  Victims of cyberbullying have the highest depression rate of all those involved in bullying.
6. D. All of the Above.  Cyberbullying is so damaging because the victim can’t escape it (like traditional bullying), adults have a hard time recognizing it, and everyone can generally witness it.
7. E. All of the Above.  Changes in mood and behavior, avoidance of social and online settings, and ill physical and mental health can all indicate bullying.
8. E. All of the Above.  While one method has not been shown to work better than others, there are many things parents and adults can do to stop adolescent bullying.
9. C. Posting pictures of bullies.  Empowering victims and bystanders, and creating a bully-free environment, are generally the best ways to prevent bullying.



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