To Tattle Vs. To Tell

Kids are conditioned not to snitch on friends. But you can teach them to report threats at school

The recent outbreaks of violence and threats of violence in schools have forced parents and kids to face an uncomfortable truth: sometimes it is necessary to "tattle." From the time our kids start talking, most of us parents discourage them from reporting on the everyday indignities they suffer at the hands of hair-pulling sisters, obnoxious little brothers or backyard bullies. We want our kids to be strong and learn to handle situations without our intervention. We don't want our kids to tattle. Except, of course, when they should.

Violence-prevention experts agree that parents should begin educating their children starting around...

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