Back to school – Making friends

By: yourtown 21 Jan 2015 Kids Helpline, yourtown Organisation News

The new school year is fast approaching and children will be confronted with new challenges and uncertainties, including making friends.


Young people could experience fears about new social situations, dealing with older students, and the disruption of previous peer relationships.

We know that having friends is crucial for a young person's development as it fosters positive self-image and a sense of being connected and accepted. Evidence suggests that young people who enjoy stable friendships are more likely to experience academic and social success.

Kids Helpline is offering tips for parents to pass onto their children on how to make and keep friends.

Tips for making friends:

  • Smile and acknowledge people
  • Start conversations
  • Be interested in others
  • Be a good listener when others talk
  • Give others compliments (but you have to mean it)
  • Look confident and be OK with yourself
  • Have a sense of humour and be able to have fun
The most important thing you can do is encourage your child to talk about their day to day experiences. Really take the time to listen and support them in their search for healthy and positive relationships. Wendy Protheroe, Kids Helpline General Manager

If kids want to talk to someone about heading back to school, they can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or use email or web counselling services. No issue is too big or small.

Parents can visit the Hot Topics section on the Kids Helpline website for more tips on making friends.

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