Effects: How behavior affects teachers, classmates, and parents in the school learning environment and the home family situation.
- Teacher is concerned about how other students are affected by the stories.
- Learning climate may deteriorate.
- Protecting rather than sharing can become the classroom condition.
- Distrust prevails.
- Fights between students result.
- Friendships are broken up.
- Exclusion is increased.
- Classmates often "use" the gossip to relay bad news.