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In the Media – For teens: Unfollowing friends in real life

January 25, 2017 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Betty (screenshot)

Betty (screenshot)

As tricky as unfollowing friends can be online, it’s far more complicated and risky to do “in real life.” Writing for the teen publication Betty, Louise Jones penned an article for teen and tweens between the ages of 11-15 on the subject of unfollowing friends.

Jones asks and responds to a number of questions that can challenge both young people and adults. For example: Does unfollowing/unfriending someone automatically make you a bad person? How do you handle doing so when you’re frightening about your ex-friend’s response?

She writes:

Irene suggests that taking control and being direct with this person about your feelings and wishes may be best, but if you’re worried about being physically or verbally threatened then speak to a trusted adult about the situation first.

If you definitely don’t want to be direct with this friend, then you can try to quietly distance yourself from them by hanging out with others. Irene emphases that “you don’t owe that person a lengthy explanation” – and you really don’t. It’s ok to put your safety and feelings first.

You can read the Betty article in its entirety here. If you have a daughter, you may want to share it with her.

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  1. Sandra says:

    What an excellent topic! I’d love to see you address this same issue for adults too. With so much political angst and angry words on Facebook, Twitter, etc., many people are blocking and un-friending, or taking very long vacations from social media. Some of my “friends” were baffled and a few even offended when I quit Facebook after the election. Many people tell me they’ve experienced the same thing. This is worth exploring!

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