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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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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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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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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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 If you were  interviewing someone about bullying in high school, what six questions would you ask?(I want to find out what types of bullying are going on in your high school).

I would ask people if they think bullying is prevalent in their school. Furthermore, I would ask what type of bullying is more common. Since cyberbullying is a hot button issue, I would also ask if they have witnessed or been the victim of it, and if they have seen it in connection to personal bullying.
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 If you were  interviewing someone about bullying in high school, what six questions would you ask?(I want to find out what types of bullying are going on in your high school).

Bullying is a problem in school today. The very first question that I would ask a student to do is define what bullying means to them. Certainly people have different views and opinions on what it actually is. Once that is defined, I think it may give me a better idea regarding which questions to ask. For example:

  1. What kind of bullying have you experienced? For example, cyber bullying.
  2. Is the bullying gender specific?
  3. Do certain social groups get bullied more than others?
  4. Does the school have resources available to help students who get bullied?
  5. Is there some kind of system set in place, like PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System), that teaches kids how harmful bullying can be?
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 If you were  interviewing someone about bullying in high school, what six questions would you ask?(I want to find out what types of bullying are going on in your high school).

This is an interesting, timely topic. We hear about bullying regularly in our schools. This is both bad and good; it's bad because the prevalence of bullying seems to be rising, but it's good because it has forced schools to deal with this issue. I might ask the following questions:

  1. Have you ever been bullied? If so, explain what happened.
  2. Do you know someone who has been bullied? Explain.
  3. Have you heard anyone talking about how he/she has bullied someone? What did they say they did?
  4. Have you ever witnessed anyone being bullied?
  5. What kinds of bullying have you read about?
  6. Why do you think some students are bullies?

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