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Dear Dish-it: I Have No Friends

Jun 13, 2010

Dear Dish-it,


At school, people think I'm weird. Even on Kidzworld, I only have but one friend. How am I supposed to make friends if in RL (Real Life) nobody likes me?


YoungAuthor


Dear YA,


Sorry to hear about your tough situation. It's really hard to feel like you're all alone or being left out by the kids at school (or even online, like here at Kidzworld). But it doesn't have to be that way! I think with a little work and effort on your part, you’ll have plenty of friends in no time.


Get involved!

Whether it's at school or after school through different organizations, it's time to get active and do something about your loneliness! You really can't just sit back and wait for people to come to you asking to be your friend., Instead, brainstorm some ways that you can meet people your age who have similar interests to you. This could be anything from getting into extracurricular sports or clubs to going around and getting to know some of your neighbors. Or, start your own club or group here on Kidzworld and ask other KW members who have the same interest to join!


Find Your passion

Love sports? Want to help those less fortunate? Got a creative spark? Whatever it is, find something (or even a couple things) you’re way passionate about. Then do your research: go online, check the newspaper or talk to your fam to find out about clubs/groups you can join that you’ll fit right into. When you're there, you’ll meet lots of people with similar interests as you. Once you get involved in something you love, you’ll feel happier with yourself AND your social life.


Don’t worry, Be Happy

When it comes down to it, just be yourself. I know, cliché right? But really, it’ll be a little nerve-racking at first, but just be friendly, be nice, and speak up! If they don’t like you, it’s their loss. But if you don’t open up, your peers will never get a chance to know the beautiful Y-O-U.


Sound Off

Have you ever felt alone or friendless? How did you handle it? What are some of your strategies on making new friends - in Real Life or online? Got any great advice for YoungAuthor? Have your say by leaving a comment below this story!


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Do Your Friends Annoy You?

  • Yeah, my friends annoy me all the time.
  • Sometimes my friends can get on my nerves.
  • No, me and my friends usually get along really well.
  • I don't really have friends to annoy me.

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SmartSunnyShadow
I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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SmartSunnyShadow
Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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SmartSunnyShadow
Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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drowning
You go out and you find someone who you can be you with. It's not a hard question to find the answer too.
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