cyberbullying: using the Internet or cell phones to upset someone else on purpose, often over and over again
target: the person being cyberbullied
empathize: to imagine the feelings that someone else is experiencing
bystander: someone who sees cyberbullying happening but does nothing to help
upstander: someone who helps when they see cyberbullying occur
Read Sondra's Story.
Sondra is planning a birthday sleepover. Her parents have set a limit of eight girls, so Sondra can’t invite everyone she’d like. Two girls, who are left out of the party, overhear the plans. They decide to create a “We Hate Sondra Jones” website. They say that anyone invited to the party should not go. They share the website with everyone in school. The girls also tell everyone to add new reasons why they hate Sondra and to spread mean rumors about her. When Sondra hears about the site, she gets a sick feeling in her stomach. Each day she finds a new mean comment or joke about her on the website. She feels hurt and embarrassed. She tells her parents she is sick, so she won’t have to go to school.