16th November 2015.
The Archie audio files are now playable again.
Just like so many other aspects of children's development, friendship is a learned skill. Quality guidance, modelling and well-placed practice from educators, parents and caregivers helps children learn how to successfully interact with others, and maintain friends.
The long-term benefits of friendship cannot be overstated. We need friends. Those who are able to attach to peers, and feel as though they belong, have a much greater chance of happiness as they grow. Friends have a proven impact on our health, wealth and wellbeing. The evidence tells us that the skill to create friendship and feel accepted is positively life changing!
"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together."
US President, Woodrow Wilson
We are proud to be linked to a unique group of adults in our community (parents, caregivers and professionals of all kinds) who realise the consequence of teaching and modelling social and emotional literacy to young people. The truth is that there's a lot we can do to help children find how to make friendship work and discover friendship. We are powerful influences in children's lives, and need to make the most of it.
While What's the Buzz? is a rich, relational way to teach friendship skills we've also collected some practical articles that offer ideas to set up better social connections between younger and older. Feel free to share between colleagues and friends, or use excerpts for your school, organisation, class or community newsletters.
Click on the plus sign to expand the article, click on the more link to open the article in a new tab or click on the minus to shrink the article and minimise the clutter.