To tell on siblings goes back to the time of the Book of Genesis. In Genesis chapter 37 Joseph tells his father things about his brothers. We tell our children to come to us if there is a problem, yet when they do they are labeled as a tattletale.
Discuss with your children:
- Joseph tells his father things about his brothers which he thinks are mean. Is he a tattletale?
- Why do other people not like when you tell on them?
- Is it right or wrong to tell on what someone says or does?
- The Internet is a wonderful place but it is also a dangerous place. Discuss with your child what they are permitted and not permitted to do on the computer and why many sites are dangerous.
- Make a list of 5 things that someone does or says that you should definitely tell a grown-up about.
- Make a list of 5 things that someone does or says that you really should handle yourself.
- Joseph told on his brothers. Write a story about a boy named Joseph who tells on his siblings.
- Write a story about someone who tells on their friends.
- Prepare a case to say in front of a judge explaining why you were right to tell an adult about what someone did or said about you.
- Prepare a speech for the other side.
- Joseph felt that his brothers were mean. Think of ways that someone can try and make their siblings nicer to them. Write a pamphlet for children explaining to them how they can “win their siblings over”.
- Think of something that you should always tell an adult about. Make a bulletin board urging children to tell an adult when this happens.
- Joseph had trouble with his brothers. If you were a kids helpline and Joseph phoned you saying that his brothers were mean to him what would you advise him?