Tattling or Telling?
Definition of tattling– getting someone into trouble.
Definition of telling– informing, making known, speaking up.
Do your students know the difference between tattling and telling?
Reporting a bullying situation is not getting someone into trouble instead the bully’s own behavior gets him\her into trouble. Most bullies tend to intimidate those who are aware of their inappropriate behavior and they try to reverse their responsibility by blaming someone else by calling them a tattle tale. This is why students need to be taught when and under what circumstances they are to report bullying actions but they also need to understand and differenciate between tattling and telling.
Attached PDF on fictional scenarios
Print off and have a class discussion emphasing the differences on what is tattling and what is telling.