Why do kids tattle? Some people say children tattle to get others in trouble or to gain attention. But is that really the reason? Young children are working out how to get along in the world. They want to know what's right and what's wrong and are anxious to please.
When a child says, "Joanie cheated on the test," or "Raul won't let me have a turn with the ball." he may be trying to make sure adults’ rules are followed or that there is fair play. To label it tattling, or disregard the complaint can confuse a child and have him or her lose confidence about what's right. It can also close off communication, prevent valuable learning, and put up a wall between them, you and other students, causing more hurt feelings and alienation.
Children need to learn "who" to report their concerns to.
Stop the Tattling!