Together for a better internet

April 9th, 2019

By Sandra English               Psych4Schools Guest Blogger The online behaviour of young people attracts significant discussion, with some experts attributing negative outcomes, including mental health issues to online engagement. Some studies have noted that the increased time spent time on social media may contribute to negative body image [1], sleeping difficulties [2] or symptoms of depression.[3] […]

Resources to help students make and keep friends

June 4th, 2018

At this time of the year peer acceptance and friendship issues often come to a head, requiring teacher support to assist children to manage and resolve their difficulties. Whatever the time of the year, children and adolescents who find it difficult to make friends frequently feel lonely and unhappy. They are also at risk of […]

NEW RELEASE: Difficulty making friends ebooklet

May 28th, 2018

Friendship offers opportunities for sharing, learning, fun, excitement, self-disclosure, support, advice and long-term relationships. For many children, making and keeping friends is quite effortless, but for some it is a challenge. Sadly, about one in ten school-age children have no friends and are disliked by most of their classmates.[1] Asher, S.R., and Williams, G.A., (1996) Children […]

Playground support plans

March 1st, 2017

For many students playing with others, and making and keeping friends seems to be quite effortless, but for a number it can be a challenge. Certain children find the unstructured nature of the schoolyard overwhelming, while others do not tolerate their peers for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, about one in ten school-age children have […]

How to help a student with no friends

January 27th, 2015

Teachers and other school professionals are frequently called on to assist students who have difficulties making and keeping friends. This is particularly true at the beginning of a new school year. Friendship issues are a normal part of school life, and in most circumstances will be resolved in time with little or no adult intervention. […]

Students who get nervous speaking in class

June 19th, 2013

Many children (and adults) feel nervous about speaking in public. In fact it is one of the most searched and read topics on the Psych4Schools website. Teachers tend to be most concerned about those children who fear speaking publicly in all situations, including reading aloud or answering questions in class, but are also seeking guidance about […]

What do children say about friendship?

April 24th, 2012

Teachers will often be asked by a parent to help with their child’s friendship issues. Some parents may want the teacher to step in and ‘fix’ things for their child. In some cases, for example if bullying is occurring, this will be necessary, however in most cases the most powerful way parents and teachers can […]

Promoting friendships

November 7th, 2011

Friendship, peer relationships and getting along with other people is an important part of any child’s development. For many students making and keeping friends seems to be quite effortless, but for others it can be a challenge. Research by Psychologists Gladys Williams and Dr Steven Asher for the national network for child care found that […]