The 30th of July marks International Friendship Day – a day to celebrate our connections with the people in our lives. The day was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly and places emphasis on involving young people as future leaders and promoters of understanding and respect.
It’s also a day to build connections with new people. To make the world a safe place for everyone, we must work hard to develop bonds with the people around us.
This year for International Friendship day, organisations around the world are trying to stop violence in schools. Did you know that nearly 150 million students aged 13 – 15 worldwide have seen violence amongst their peers in school?
To help create a positive environment in and out of school, we have made some suggestions of how the young people in your care can show simple acts of kindness to brighten someone’s day, both on and offline.
Use these videos to inspire your followers to #BePositivelySocial
Encourage young people to leave comments to promote body positivity on social media.
Sending messages to friends we miss can be better than just checking their social profiles, which can lead to missed connections and feelings of loneliness.
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