Back Friend­ship Fri­day

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View -

Our school days – and in­deed our adult lives – can feel very tough with­out friends to sup­port us, to make us laugh and to give us en­cour­age­ment.

Sta­tis­tics from the De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion sug­gest roughly one child in ev­ery class in ev­ery school in the UK is fre­quently bul­lied.

These chil­dren are in des­per­ate need of a friend. We all know how im­por­tant our friends are, and on Fri­day, Novem­ber 10, anti-bul­ly­ing char­ity Kid­scape is cel­e­brat­ing Friend­ship Fri­day, an op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to cel­e­brate the friends they have, and to make some new ones.

This Friend­ship Fri­day, re­mem­ber these sim­ple points to nur­ture your friend­ships: We are all unique – so choose friends who like you for who you are; It is bet­ter to have a small group of friends that re­ally love you than hun­dreds of friends that don’t re­ally know you. And re­mem­ber, fol­low­ers aren’t friends; If you are lucky you’ll have a best friend for­ever, but it’s much more usual to have friends that come and go – so be open to new friend­ships;

Friends don’t hurt you. If some­one makes you feel bad about your­self, it’s time to ‘un­friend’; Look out for peo­ple who are on their own and sad.

A smile, a com­pli­ment or a chat can make some­one’s day.

To find out more about Friend­ship Fri­day, to get ad­vice on bul­ly­ing, or to do­nate, visit www.kid­scape.org.uk.

Lau­ren Sea­ger-Smith, Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Kid­scape.

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