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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