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The Gossip
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Related Behaviors
The Blabbermouth
The Exaggerator
Behaviors At School

The Gossip

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.

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Please Note
We are labeling behaviors, not children! For the sake of convenience, we will describe behaviors with terms such as The Whiner or The Interrupter.

Never use such labels when talking to—or about—children! Doing so could cause many new problems and seriously damage the teacher-student or parent-child relationship.