Popularity Explained is for students, educators, and parents who want to learn about popularity, friendship, and the psychology behind the relationships we all build throughout our lives. Why are some kids popular and others not? What does it mean to be liked? How can you guide your child to form healthy relationships with their peers? We have gathered together valuable resources to help answer these questions.
Tips for Parents Talking to Children About Popularity
1. Use Personal Examples
When talking to your child about popularity, we encourage you to use examples from your personal life - including your experiences in elementary school, high school . This way, your child will feel less alone and get the sense that you may understand them and their concerns more clearly than they originally expected.
2. Remind Your Child That Popularity Isn't Everything
Students and youth should be reminded that not everyone can be everything, and popularity does not define their worth.
3. Encourage Open Conversation
If your child is unhappy with their popularity 'status' at school, they may need extra encouragement to open up and to make friends. If you notice they are deeply struggling, it is helpful to consult your child's teacher and doctor for additional tips and support.
4. Discuss The Media Your Children Are Consuming
Does your child have a favourite tv show? Have you noticed themes of popularity in the content? If so, be sure to point it out and to ask them questions about it. Having a conversation and pointing out biases or sensationalized content can help to support your child's understanding.