Classroom Interpreting


Classroom Interpreters - Interpreters and Children - Fostering Social Interaction

The Importance of Authentic Friendships

Being popular and having friends is not the same thing. It is possible for a popular child not to have any special friends. And children who are not popular often have at least a few friends. Throughout the sections on cognitive development, the importance of friendships at each stage was emphasized.

Friendships play a number of important roles in the lives of children and adolescents. These include:

Peers play an important role in academic achievement during adolescence in the support or lack of support they provide regarding high achievement. Friends can help motivate each other to work hard, or they can convince peers that schoolwork does not pay off in the future