How Do You See It?

Discuss with Your Peers


For behavior to be bullying it needs to pass all of the parts of the ACID test.

  • Using the ACID test, how could you prove that what happened to Kimberly in the hallway was bullying behavior?
  • Is there any additional information you need to know to say that this counts as bullying behavior? If yes, what questions would you ask to confirm that it passes the ACID test?
  • Do you think that others in the hallway who might have witnessed what happened to Kimberly would know that bullying occurred? Why or why not?
  • What are the characteristics of the Internet and social media that encourage bullying in this scene?
  • Do you think that Kimberly has any recourse to protect herself from cyberbullying? For example, do you know if your school has an anti-bullying policy that addresses cyberbullying? Do you think such a policy should apply to what students post on social media?
  • What does the bullying cycle look like when students take their bullying behaviors online? Can you recognize the same roles as when it occurs face-to-face?
  • Can you take a guess at how many people were bystanders to Kimberly's experience of being bullied, both in the hallway and online? 
  • Given what you know about social media, how quickly can that bystander audience expand? 
  • Do you think any of the bystanders to what happened to Kimberly might have changed roles? How could a bystander become an upstander in this situation? 
  • How can you tell that Kimberly was hurt by this incident? Describe how she reacted.
  • Do you feel anything when someone else is being cyberbullied? What feelings have you experienced when you witness others being cyberbullied? 
  • Do you think it will be easy for Kimberly to ignore this incident and move on? What are the possible consequences and longer-term harmful effects of cyberbullying
  • Do you think cyberbullying is dangerous in the same way as other types of bullying? Why or why not?
  • What are the ways that cyberbullying can cause more harm than face-to-face bullying?