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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on April 17, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

Discussing conversation questions about cyberbullying can be an excellent topic for English learners to help improve their vocabulary and overall level of English.

This topic requires a broad range of vocabulary, including words related to technology and social media, as well as emotional states such as fear, anger or sadness. Engaging in a conversation about cyberbullying can also help learners to develop their critical thinking skills as they explore the ethical and moral implications of online behaviour.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that occurs online, using electronic devices such as phones, computers or tablets. It can involve sending hurtful messages, sharing embarrassing photos or videos, spreading rumours or lies, or even impersonating someone else.

Cyberbullying can happen on social media platforms, in chat rooms, through messaging apps or email. The impact of cyberbullying can be severe and long-lasting, causing emotional distress, anxiety, depression and can even lead to suicide. It is essential to be aware of cyberbullying and take steps to prevent it by being respectful and kind online and reporting any incidents of cyberbullying.

Key Vocabulary Related to Cyberbullying

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • troll (noun)
  • threaten (verb)
  • speak out (phrasal verb)
  • hurtful (adjective)
  • offensive (adjective)
  • hate speech (noun)
  • abusive (adjective)
  • bully (verb)

Conversation Questions About Cyberbullying

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  • What is cyberbullying, and how does it differ from traditional bullying?
  • Have you or someone you know experienced cyberbullying? How did it impact you/them?
  • How can cyberbullying affect a person's mental health and well-being?
  • What are some examples of cyberbullying that you can think of?
  • Should cyberbullying be considered a criminal offense?
  • Does anonymity on the internet contribute to an increase in cyberbullying incidents?
  • What are some ways to prevent cyberbullying from happening?
  • Should cyberbullying be punishable by imprisonment or fines?
  • How can we create a safer and more respectful online environment?
  • Should social media companies be held accountable for cyberbullying that takes place on their platforms?
  • Should parents be held responsible for their child's cyberbullying behaviour?
  • Should schools be responsible for addressing cyberbullying incidents that happen outside of school?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.