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HANDLING GOSSIP AND RUMORS. Social Harassment Day 1. KEY OBJECTIVES. Through this unit, students can be helped to: offer healthy skepticism as a response to rumors. allow them to challenge unverifiable information.

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Handling gossip and rumors

HANDLING GOSSIP AND RUMORS

Social Harassment

Day 1


Key objectives
KEY OBJECTIVES

  • Through this unit, students can be helped to:

    • offer healthy skepticism as a response to rumors.

    • allow them to challenge unverifiable information.

    • understand the consequences that spreading rumors can have for others and themselves.

    • begin to comprehend the complex human motives behind spreading rumors.

    • recognize that rumors can be started as a means to harass others.


Gossip rumors
GOSSIP & RUMORS

  • What is gossip?

  • What is a rumor?


Gossip
GOSSIP

  • Definition: Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature. A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts.


Rumors
RUMORS

  • A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.


Why do people spread rumors
WHY DO PEOPLE SPREAD RUMORS?

  • Because they think that they have information.

  • Because they think it is harmless.

  • To gain popularity.

  • To embarrass others.

  • To cause drama, turmoil, or confrontation.

  • To seek revenge


Thinks that make you go hmmm
THINKS THAT MAKE YOU GO ...HMMM.....

  • Is celebrity gossip a form of entertainment?

  • Is celebrity gossip good or bad?

  • Do you believe all celebrity gossip?

  • Can celebrity gossip be a form of bullying?


Gossip and rumors
GOSSIP AND RUMORS

  • Junior High can be miserable for victims of rumors and gossip.

  • Even when the rumor turns out to be false – the damage has been done.

    • Friendships are lost

    • Emotional pain to victim

    • Isolation of victim

  • Rumors and gossip can be a form of harassment and bullying.


What do you think
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

  • Complete the worksheet individually.

  • Discuss answers as a class.


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