Teachers in some primary schools around the UK are banning children from having best friends and telling them to play in groups instead.
The idea behind it, is that it stops children building very close bonds which can cause havoc in school when ‘best friends’ break up. By playing in larger groups it is thought that children are saved the pain of splitting up from their best friends if they argue or fall out.
However some people argue that it is important for children to experience the ups and downs of relationships and making and breaking friendships prepares them for life and helps them develop life skills.
Children questioned about their thoughts on the topic said best friends were like their family and made school a good place to be. Many also commented that they had more than one best friend but liked playing with lots of different people and not just their ‘best friends’.