Some schools around the world are banning the term ‘best friends’ to try and stop other students feeling left out.
The move is thought to be a way of stopping children from naming their favorite friend in a bid to ensure classmates don’t feel left out.
A New York psychologist says the trend that started in London is now spreading across the US.
‘The idea of banning the phrase “best friends” is a very intriguing social experiment,’ clinical psychologist Dr. Barbara Greenberg tells CBS in New York.
‘Let’s face it, you can’t ban somebody from having a close relationship, and you can’t really ban somebody from having a best friend but what the schools are trying to do is foster the idea of kids having more than a single friend,’ Greenberg says.
The decision isn’t intended to discourage intimate friendships, but rather encourage more inclusivity, Greenberg says.
The idea is to increase the number of interactions a student may have with different members of his or her peer group.
This does make sense, it could actually work. I have found some children can be quite mean to others when they feel like they should be the only one allowed to play with THEIR friend. It can cause quite a bit of upset.
Hopefully this helps teachers and other students realise it doesn’t need to be that way.
What are your thoughts on young kids having a BFF?
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