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Cyberbullying

Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Teacher: Hi. Welcome to Parent-Teacher Conference.

Parent: Thanks.

Teacher: So, what is your child's name?

Parent: It's Megan Jones.

Teacher: Megan. Uh, let's see. Oh yeah, Megan. Um, she missed the last couple of days. Has she been sick?

Parent: No, she's been having some problems with the other kids in your class, and . . .

Teacher: Well, you know, junior high school is a difficult time, but she just needs to speak up a little more in class. I think . . .

Parent: No, it's . . . it's more than that. Some of the kids in your class have really been bullying her a lot.

Teacher: What do you mean?

Parent: Well, um, they've been teasing her a lot about her appearance, and then, the other day, you didn't help things [ What? ] Yeah, she said you made a comment about her clothes.

Teacher: What do you mean? I mean . . .

Parent: She said you commented on her shirt and jeans, like they were from the 1970s or something like that.

Teacher: Well I was just kind of joking a little bit with her.

Parent: Well, yeah, that's what you think, but other kids follow your example. In fact, one of the kids took a picture of her with their phone and posted it and had some real nasty comments on Facebook. It was terrible.

Teacher: Well, you know, kids can be kids.

Parent: No, don't you get it? This is bullying; it's cyberbullying, and adults like you are part of the problem. Forget it. I'm planning on discussing this with the principal tomorrow.

Teacher: Oh, wait, wait, wait. Um, uh, oh. I'm sorry if I hurt her feelings [ Yeah. You did! ], but . . .

Parent: I get sick and tired of people thinking that a little teasing is okay. Too many kids are killing themselves because they feel that there's just no way to escape this.

Teacher: Okay. Well, I guess I need to be a little bit more careful, but . . .

Parent: Yeah, you do. I really hope I can get Megan to come to school tomorrow. She's been really, really anxious and depressed [ Wow. ] for some time, and your comments and those that the other kids made haven't helped.

Teacher: Wow. Uh, I'm really sorry. Could you see if you can bring her to school tomorrow? Uh, I'd like to apologize and see what I can do to, maybe, improve the situation.

Parent: Thanks. I'd appreciate it. That would help.


Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • speak up (phrasal verb): speak without fear or hesitation
    - People need to speak up against bullying when the see it happen.

  • bully (verb): treat someone badly in action or words
    - Why do you always bully Brandon? He hasn't done anything to you.

  • tease (verb): make fun of
    - Some of the kids my class are always teasing my sister, and I can't get them to stop.

  • nasty (adjective): terrible
    - I can't believe kids post such nasty messages on Facebook.

  • principal (noun): manager or director of a school
    - The principal spoke to all of the kids at school about the problems of cyberbullying.

  • anxious (adjective): nervous
    - Brittany feels very anxious about going to school these days.

  • improve (verb): make better
    - If you want to improve the environment for kids at school, you have to speak out about the problems of bullying.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations. [Why do these?]


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