BBC Teach. Suitable for teaching Modern Studies for 7 to 11s. Drama about friendship, pressure, competition and success. When Jess beats her best friend Megan on sports day, has she won the race but lost a friend?
What do healthy friendships look like?
Healthy friendships are where you look out for your friends. You are both equal in your friendship. You feel listened to, valued, appreciated, accepted. If you don’t feel any of these when you are with your friends, you may need to consider whether you still want to be friends.
What does and unhealthy friendship look like?
Being emotionally blackmailed or manipulated into doing something for your friends.
Doing all your friends’ homework.
They tease/bully you
They become verbally aggressive towards
They peer pressure you into doing things that you don’t want to do
They demand all your attention
You’re not allowed any other friends
They disrespect you in front of other peers/teachers/adults
What can I do if I’m in and unhealthy friendship?
If you can, maybe you could explain to your current circle of friends that this current friendship isn’t working for you and your needs are being met. Don’t be mean and hurtful, just explain.
You could tell a trusted adult that can help you to have those difficult conversations or help to mediate between you both, to see if your friendship can be saved.
You can tell a parent/guardian so they can offer you support if you need it.