Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Putting an end to tattling

Peaceful Playgrounds Posters Reinforce Concepts

Teaching children the difference between tattling and telling is often an overlooked playground skill that children should be taught.  Taking a couple of minutes to distinguish the difference will have a positive impact on the playground.

Explain to children:

TATTLING-  When you are trying to get someone "in" trouble.

TELLING -  When you are trying to get someone "out" of trouble.

Even the youngest children understand this important distinction. Kids understand that telling is when they report:

"Johnny needs help he has fallen off the swing."

Tattling on the other hand, is when a child reports, "Jenny is chasing after Jimmy."

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