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How common is bullying at school or even at the workplace in your country? In what ways is cyberbullying a serious problem, and how is it different than bullying in the past?
“be or feel down” = be or feel sad
“James has been really down lately because he has few close friends at school.”
“pick a fight” = start a fight
“Some of the kids are always trying to pick a fight with our son for unknown reasons.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Teacher: So, what is your child's name? Parent: It's Megan Jones.
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 . . .
Teacher: She just needs to speak up a little more in class. I think . . .
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.
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.
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: 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.
Have you (or someone you know) ever experienced bullying at school or in your neighborhood? If so, explain the situation, how you felt, and how things turned out for you. Have you bullied someone in any big or small way? Why did you do it? What led you to stop at some point (if you did stop)?
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