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If you were  interviewing someone about bullying in high school, what six questions...

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totalwar | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 27, 2010 at 2:07 PM via web

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If you were  interviewing someone about bullying in high school, what six questions would you ask?

If you were  interviewing someone about bullying in high school, what six questions would you ask?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 28, 2010 at 6:35 AM (Answer #2)

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It depends on whether the interview is of the bully, or the victim, and also what the purpose of the interview is. For example, are you interviewing students in general to determine if bullying is actually taking place? Or, do you want to find out what types of bullying are going on in your high school? Or, do you want to find out what various opinions are on how to stop bullying?

I think the purpose of the interview would determine the kinds of questions, so I will choose one purpose and give you some sample questions. Let's say you are trying to interview a person who IS a bully. Your purpose is to get that person to realize that he IS a bully and point out to him that his actions are NOT OK and that he is going to be held accountable for them: I would ask things like:

  1. Have you thought about how your actions or words could have hurt this person's feelings?
  2. Have you thought about how your actions or words could have harmed this person mentally or physically?
  3. What makes you think you have the right to say or do things like this to someone else?
  4. How would you feel if this person did or said these things to you?
  5. How do you think you could be more sensitive to how your actions are hurting someone else?
  6. What do you think your parents will say when I tell them what you have said/done to this person? Will they be proud?
  7. Have you considered that just because this person is different from you or has different beliefs, it is not OK to make fun of him/her or say hurtful things?
  8. Are you aware of the school's anti-bullying policies? Do you realize you can be suspended or expelled from school for bullying?
  9. Are you aware that the suicide rate for high school students is very high and that many teens commit suicide as a result of bullying? How would you feel if someone you were mean to committed suicide?

If your purpose is different than this, the questions must be geared to the purpose.

 

 

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM (Answer #3)

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will take this question from the assumption that you are interviewing a school administrator about bullying.

1. What does the district have in place to prevent bullying?

2. How many instances of bullying do you have in a school year?

3. What do you do to protect the person reporting the bullying?

4. Who outside of the district do you contact when a bullying incident is reported?

5. How do you address cyber bullying when it occurs at school? What about outside of school?

6. What kind of training does the staff have to recognize and address bullying?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 27, 2011 at 3:58 PM (Answer #4)

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I would focus my questions on cyberbullying. I would ask if it is prevalent in the school, and if what happens at school affects the bullying and vice versa. Does the cyberbulying seem to be getting worse? Has it gotten better? Who is usually the victim? Does it occur more with girls than boys, or is there a difference?
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darrensilverman77 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 14, 2012 at 7:58 PM (Answer #5)

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I have to post something. I think the post by Lynnebh (#2) is appalling. Points 3 and 9 are simply appalling. Utterly irresponsible from both an adult and a professional. Points 6 & 7 very badly phrased.

Sorry, folks, but it is posts like this that give phrases like "I read it on the Internet" a bad name - and justifiably so.

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mirmirnotez | Student | Honors

Posted November 6, 2012 at 8:09 PM (Answer #6)

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It depends on whether the interview is of the bully, or the victim, and also what the purpose of the interview is. For example, are you interviewing students in general to determine if bullying is actually taking place? Or, do you want to find out what types of bullying are going on in your high school? Or, do you want to find out what various opinions are on how to stop bullying?

I think the purpose of the interview would determine the kinds of questions, so I will choose one purpose and give you some sample questions. Let's say you are trying to interview a person who IS a bully. Your purpose is to get that person to realize that he IS a bully and point out to him that his actions are NOT OK and that he is going to be held accountable for them: I would ask things like:

  1. Have you thought about how your actions or words could have hurt this person's feelings?
  2. Have you thought about how your actions or words could have harmed this person mentally or physically?
  3. What makes you think you have the right to say or do things like this to someone else?
  4. How would you feel if this person did or said these things to you?
  5. How do you think you could be more sensitive to how your actions are hurting someone else?
  6. What do you think your parents will say when I tell them what you have said/done to this person? Will they be proud?
  7. Have you considered that just because this person is different from you or has different beliefs, it is not OK to make fun of him/her or say hurtful things?
  8. Are you aware of the school's anti-bullying policies? Do you realize you can be suspended or expelled from school for bullying?
  9. Are you aware that the suicide rate for high school students is very high and that many teens commit suicide as a result of bullying? How would you feel if someone you were mean to committed suicide?

If your purpose is different than this, the questions must be geared to the purpose.

 

 

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