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Our Tips

Tips for making a friendly connection with other kids.

 

Tips for Making New Friends

 

Smile And Saying "Hello"

"Well, DUH!" you say. But seriously, unless you are open and friendly toward other people -- make them feel it is okay to approach you, to start talking to you -- how will you ever find out what they are interested in?

Ask Questions

"How was your week?" "What did you think of that teacher?"

Asking a question about the other person signals that you are interested in them. It invites them to start telling you something about themselves.

You can ask the person about themselves, or ask about how they got connected with the place, group, or person that you met them through. For example, if you're at a party thrown by, let's say, your friend Bob, you can say: "How do you know Bob?" This will likely give you ideas for follow up questions.

But be aware that some questions are open-ended, meaning they will start a conversation, while others... are not. If you ask, "How's it goin'?" It might start a conversation, or it might just get you, "Fine" or some equivalent thereof. But don't worry, all you are doing is giving it a try. If other people are open to connecting, they'll make an effort of their own in return.

If they're not -- maybe it was just a bad day for them. Try again another time, or try again with someone else.

Talking About Your Interests.

You might think that the kids you see at school, the park, a party or wherever don't care about the same things that you do -- but you would be surprised how often people have similar interests and experiences and don't even realize it!

Ask questions. Mention things you care about. Then see what happens.

Taking Classes

Adults do this all the time as a way to meet people. But think about it, if you enroll in science camp or drama club, or whatever you are interested in, you're bound to meet other people interested in the same thing.

Wearing Clothes That Express Who You Are

You could go for the obvious and wear your favorite Pokemon or cartoon character on your t-shirt. But you could also wear something unusual that you bought on vacation. Clothes can be real conversation starters -- "Wow, where did you get that?" Of course, you could simply wear something that you really like. Don't just try to look like everybody else -- try to show everybody else who you are.

Pen Pals

Pen pals can be a lot of fun. Check our links below and the "Young Writers" page for links to sites that can help hook you up with Internet pen pals. Pen pals are especially fun if you are a young writer -- you can email poetry and short stories to your friend. Or just talk with them about shared interests -- or about interesting differences. Just think, a long lost soul mate might be sitting on the other side of the world, waiting to hear from you!

Some Cautions About The Internet and Web

If you're meeting people over the Internet and the Web, be aware that people are not always who they seem to be. For this reason, follow some basic safety rules, such as:

Don't give out your home address, phone number, or last name, without first talking it over with a parent, guardian, or trusted adult.

Also, don't agree to go meet someone you've met over the Internet without talking this over with a parent, guardian, or trusted adult. And even then, don't meet them alone. Make sure you bring someone with you.

Also, when you meet for the first time, it's better to pick someplace like a restaurant or the mall, rather than your home

Why Don't You Want To Meet People?

Maybe there's a reason you have a hard time getting to know people. Maybe you're afraid of them -- maybe you think nobody wants to get to know you! Or maybe you think they'll all turn out to be boring. Maybe you've had bad experiences in the past.

Whatever it is, try to pinpoint it. And then ask yourself: "Is this really true? Does everything I've experienced in the past back up this idea I have?" Try to think of at least one example where your fear was proved wrong. Then ask yourself, "What's the worst that can happen if I say hello to this person?"

 

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Circle of Friends Pen Pal Club 

AKA   A Girl's World.  Online, international penpal program.     Since 1997, The First and Best Girl's Only EPal Club Meet girls from different parts of the world -- learn about their culture and homeland, teach them about your own, have fun with all the surprising things you have in common. Because this is an email program, it's a great way to have a pen pal (or "key pal") without having to give out your address.

 

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Become a member of the Earth's Kids KIDS CLUB!   Friends, chat, great links for kids... and information on starting your own local chapter so you can Meet Kids Like You who want to help and enjoy Nature.

 

Girl Scouts, Just 4 Girls

Reading clubs, Girl Scout pen pal network, plus links to local scouting are just some of the features on this amazing supersite for girls.

 

  

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Features a half dozen different chat areas where you can discuss the latest hot topics! Part of the jazzy KidsCom supersite.

 

 

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