Social Stories on Tattling

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Understanding tattling is almost never easy for students, and it can be especially difficult for those who struggle socially. This lesson provides you with social stories that will help you manage tattling in your classroom.

Why Social Stories Help With Tattling

Tattling is a classroom issue that can be a struggle regardless of your students' capacities, but it is especially challenging for students who have social struggles, either because of speech and language challenges, autistic spectrum disorders, or other developmental differences. Social stories can help students with tattling by providing clear, rational scripts to follow. These scripts include explicit vocabulary, strategies and self-talk students can use when they encounter situations related to tattling.

Deciding to Tattle

In my class, some kids use the word tattletale. Those kids say that a tattletale is someone who goes running to tell the teacher or another grown-up every time something bad happens. Some kids make fun of tattletales and say they are babyish.

I know that there are some problems I can take care of without telling a teacher. If someone sticks their tongue out at me, I can say, I don't like it when you do that. If someone takes my place at the lunch table, I can say, That was my spot.

I also know that sometimes there are problems I can't handle on my own because I am a kid. Kids sometimes need help from grown-ups. If I tell a grown-up about a problem because I need help, that does not make me a tattletale.

If someone hurts my body or says really mean words to me, I know I should always tell a grown-up. I should also tell a grown-up if someone does the same bad or mean thing again and again. I should also tell a grown-up if I see someone doing something dangerous or hurting another person.

Sometimes, it can feel scary to tell a grown-up. I might get scared of being teased for tattling, or I might worry that the grown-up will be angry with me. If I need to tell a grown-up, I can bring a buddy with me. I can choose my safest grown-up to talk to first, and I can write a letter if it feels easier than talking. Telling a grown-up can be a great way to get help when something really bad or scary happens.

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