What Do You Think?: Cyber Gossip
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 10:09PM
Lynda Rae in bullying, cyberbullying, gossip, rumors, teasing

What do you think about this scenario?

Bianca and her friends have hung out together since they were little. They’ve had the same teachers all through the 6th grade. But now they’re in junior high and don’t see each other all the time except during lunch. So they all set up Facebook accounts to connect during class and after school. Bianca didn’t want one at first, but her friends made an account for her and requested a bunch of “friends.” Over the course of the first day, Bianca had over 50 friends on Facebook. She noticed that everyone was talking about the big school dance on Friday.

It’s now Friday and Bianca and all her friends are having a blast! Towards the end of the dance, Bianca gets asked to dance by a boy she has had a crush on named Kevin and she giggles with her friends before saying yes. As soon as the dance is over she gets home and logs on to Facebook. She starts talking to her friends about how much fun she had at the dance. Her friends are posting pictures of her and Kevin dancing and making comments on them. They are calling her really bad names, and making up rumors about her and Kevin. She doesn’t know what do to and sits in her bedroom, crying herself to sleep, dreading school on Monday.

Questions for discussion:

1. Why do you think the girls are spreading these rumors about Bianca?

2. What should Bianca do to make the girls stop?

3. How would you feel if someone was spreading rumors about you online?

4. Who can you talk to if someone is spreading rumors about you?

5. Should Bianca retaliate towards the girls?

Factoids:

What Can Mentors Can to Help Prevent This?

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