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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.