Tattling vs. Telling

A young child may not know the word bully, but she knows when someone is being mean, hurting her, or making her feel sad or scared. She may not tell you because she may be worried she will make things worse if she tells, tattles or rats.  Teenagers won’t generally tell you there’s a problem either and may use a term such as harassment rather than bullying to describe the behavior.  Teens often prefer to handle things on their own.  They may think that parents will get upset, that parents will take away their technology or they might find it embarrassing to have parents involved.

Tattling is telling on someone to get that person in trouble. Telling is getting help when you or someone you know is being hurt or when your right or when your right or that person’s right to be safe is taken away.

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