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YOU TUBE: Words Hurt - Verbal Bullying

  • Gossip is talk that is somehow “juicy,” meaning it deals with subjects that are shocking or personal.

  • Gossip is usually about things like love and relationships, or private things that people don’t talk openly about.

  • Gossip about a person is usually spread behind that person’s back.

  • Gossip can be true, false, or a rumor.
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    Gossip And Rumors: Did You Hear?

    You hear a juicy tidbit from a friend, who heard it from another friend, who heard it from a person in the hall, who read it on a note passed in math class, which was written by somebody who probably just made it up.

    Chances are, rumors and gossip are always floating around your school or community. That’s totally normal. After all,


    Topics on Gossip And Rumors:
    Did You Hear?
    What The Words Mean
    Different Types
    Why Do People Do It?
    Why It Hurts,
         Why It's Wrong
    Breaking The Chain
    When The Rumor's
         About You
    From the Mentors
    Tabloid Headlineseveryone gossips…even parents, celebrities, and politicians. It’s part of how we communicate and stay connected with other people’s lives.

    Sometimes, this is harmless, but at other times it can be very hurtful to individuals, friendships, and whole groups of people. Did you know that spreading rumors about someone is a form of bullying? Yep.

    Let’s talk about what rumors and gossip really are, why people circulate them, and how you can stop them from doing damage to you and the people you care about. We also have lots of comments from IML’ers about their opinions on this issue.

    Our thanks to Sheryl Gonda, M.A., a National Trainer and Co-Facilitator of the Mentor Team with the Ophelia Project in Erie, PA, for her contribution to this topic.

    We’ll start by looking at What The Words Mean.


    Printables Explore the topic of rumors and gossip a little more deeply with a printable IML Journal page and our list of fiction and non-fiction books on the subject. You can also print out and play our “Rumors and Gossip” Crossword Puzzle!
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    How do most rumors get started?
    They’re mostly
            true stories.
    They’re things
            people have
            misheard or
            gotten wrong.
    Somebody just
            makes them up.


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