Let’s Be Friends: Examining Why It’s Important to Have an Understanding of Friendship at an Early Age

Brandy Daniels, Social Studies, Irwin Academic Center

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Today’s children don’t spend as much time interacting with each other
because of the level of technology that is available to them and their busy schedules. The
art of going outside and making friends don’t occur as often as in the past. Let’s pause
and think about how important it is to teach friendship in school. In their article Do Kids
Need Friends, Anita Gurlan, PhD and Alice Pope, stated
“Friendships are not just a luxury; they are a necessity for healthy
psychological development. Research shows that children with friends have a
greater sense of well-being, better esteem and fewer social problems as adults
than individuals without friends. On the other hand, children with friendships
problems are more likely than other children to feel lonely, to be victimized by
peers, to have problems adjusting to school, and to engage in deviant behaviors.”i
It’s important that children know what friendship is and how to make one.