Quiz: Is It Bullying?

When does a tease become a taunt? At what point does obnoxious behavior become bullying? And what should you do when your child complains about being picked on? Take our 5 question quiz to find out.

1. Your middle schooler, who would spend 24 hours straight online if you let her, has started to avoid the computer. She is also spending a lot of time alone in her room and has been complaining more than usual about having to go to school. When you ask whether anything is bothering her, she tells you that the kids at school have been posting mean things about her online. When you investigate further, she admits that someone created a fake social networking profile in her name with embarrassing pictures and demeaning comments. You:

  1. Tell her you knew it was a bad idea to let her go online and you’re taking away all computer privileges.
  2. Report the fake page to the social networking site and talk with school officials about their policy on cyberbullying.
  3. Encourage her to retaliate by making fake profiles of the bullies.

Do you allow your children to watch TV or play on the computer before doing their homework?