TED TALK 5:† KEEPING FRIENDS
We welcome this opportunity to promote TED, treating everyone decently in the school as part of a safe and friendly environment.† Our talk a fortnight ago was about getting on with peers.† Our message this week is to be positive about others. There is no faster way to cause conflict and lose friends than gossiping about people behind their backs.† Gossiping means you say hurtful things about someone to others.† The comments are usually passed on, causing anger.† Here are my recommendations for keeping your friends.
Gossip Hurts Us: †What goes around comes around. Talking about others means that our own faults may be advertised to our distress.
Avoid Discussing Others:† Simply refuse to take part in conversations that put down other students.† Change the topic to music, or sports or other topics of interest.†
Be positive of other students:† If you find yourself in a gossip conversation, highlight the studentís strengths rather than weaknesses.
Now for fun, letís have a role play.
Remember, keeping friends means understanding how others feel and not talking about them.† Everyone has a right to be free from such harassment as gossip.† What goes around may come around.† Treating everyone decently helps to make this school a safe friendly environment.