Unnecessary gossip and backbiting hurts all, the ones who are doing it, the ones who are encouraging it and the ones against whom it is happening. It is a no win situation. Exaggeration is often the seed of discord and it is also a form of gossip and it hurts.
Our kids must stay away from negativity and must not allow it to damage their psyche and destroy their future. Life, when it is max about positivity and facts, is fun and loving. Backbiting or being privy to it interrupts aspirations and creates rift. Our kids must not indulge in gossip and must not waste time listening to it. We all know, life has far more exciting avenues of entertainment than loose talk.