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Rumors, Gossip and Children, OH MY!

     Lynnette Zurek -  Boys Town National Training

Gossip on its own simply means conversation between people about a person not present. However, to most of us, gossip currently has a negative connotation as it is typically a conversation criticizing an absent person. Rumors are based on hearsay and/or outright lies with the intention of being malicious.


Where does gossip and rumor spreading thrive? In-person and on-line. Many students experience gossip and rumors at school, daycare, sports, and after-school activities. In today’s technological oasis, children are spending up to 10 hours a day interacting with technology. This means that gossip and rumors don’t stop with the end of the school day, nor can they be squashed as quickly or easily.

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