Primary schools are adopting a ‘no best friends’ policy to shield children from the pain of falling out. But critics are warning it is preventing youngsters from learning about the ups and downs of life. Educational psychologist Gaynor Sbuttoni, who provides counselling for children in London, said the practice of teachers encouraging kids to play in large groups instead of developing tight-knit bonds is increasingly common.
She said teachers have consulted her about the rights and wrongs of the policy, but stressed they should not be interfering with friendships and that it is natural for children to want a best friend.
So what do you think? is this a waste of time? should children get used to the ups and downs of social interaction? Personally i think having a best friend and a good set of friends is vital to making you a well rounded person. I’ve still got my best friend now!