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Gossip. I know you think all that tittle-tattle is harmless, but one of these days a rumor is going to hurt someone.

going to tell

 and going to tattle
a threat that one is going to report someone's misdeed to someone in authority. If you do that again, I'm going to tell! Sue just went to the teacher. She's going to tattle.
See also: going, tell

tattle (on someone) (to someone)

to tell on someone to someone. Are you going to tattle on me to my mother? Please don't tattle on me.

tattle on

To inform that someone has misbehaved: My brother tattled on me for spilling the glue.
See also: on, tattle
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If we view tattling from the child's perspective, we are less likely to brush it off as "snitching" or "gossiping.
More positive ways of responding to tattling will empower children and give them some healthy options for solving their own problems in the future.
A proactive approach to making connections through tattling is to set aside time to address it later.
Children are watching our responses to tattling, and they are learning from our actions.
How Responding Positively to Tattling Changes a Child's Future
Reacting calmly, modeling empathy, and teaching about emotions (Denham, 2005) when tattling occurs will give teachers the opportunity to positively affect the outcome of a child's life.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if, instead of trying to get rid of tattling, we could see it as an opportunity to strengthen our connection by validating and giving children the necessary tools to better navigate their world?
Resources To Build Caring and Connection When Tattling Occurs
Insiders from the Governor's Office lost no time in tattling about Bustamante's extravagance.
We were stopped by a couple of fifth-grade girls breathlessly tattling on a boy who was talking in the library.