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A growing number of schools ban the term ‘best friend’ to prevent children feeling left out

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A growing number of schools in the US and now the UK are banning the term ‘best friend’ to prevent children feeling left out.

Clinical psychologist Dr Barabara Greenberg told CBS New York: ‘There has been a movement in some American schools and European schools to ban the phrase “best friend”. The idea of banning the phrase “best friends” is a very intriguing social experiment.

‘I see kids come in all week long who are feeling dreadful because they are excluded and because they are either nobody’s best friend or their best friend has moved on.’

Thomas’ private day school in Battersea, where Prince George started last year, announced in 2013 that it was encouraging children to have ‘lots of good friends’ rather than one best friend.

At the time, headteacher Ben Thomas said: ‘You can get very possessive friendships, and it is much easier if they share friendships and have a wide range of good friends rather than obsessing too much about who their best friend is.

‘I would certainly endorse a policy which says we should have lots of good friends, not a best friend.’

What do you think? Would you be happy if the term was banned in your little one’s school? Join the conversation on Facebook, or let us know in the comments below.

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