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Tell tales a good thing?

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Nobody likes a dobber but telling tales might actually be a positive thing says research out of the University of Virginia.

The research sheds new light on why young children tell and raises the question of whether tattling should be discouraged in early childhood.

When young children see a peer cause harm, they often tattle to a grown up. But why do children do it?

A new Social Development study reveals that even when children cannot be blamed for a transgression, they tattle about it nonetheless, likely because tattling may be a way for children to enforce norms on others and thus help maintain cooperation.

"Children's tattling is often viewed as an undesirable behavior. But at least under some circumstances, tattling can also be seen as evidence that children recognise important social norms and that they care enough about those norms to try and make sure that others follow them as well. This kind of norm enforcement is generally seen as a positive force in social groups," said co-author Dr Amrisha Vaish, of the University of Virginia.


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