Gone are the days where kids were able to buy best friend bracelets and charms - as schools are cutting the word from the playground.
A psychologist in America has said schools are beginning to adopt a habit of banning the term “best friend”, as it lacks inclusivity and will have children feeling left out.
Notably, Prince George’s school announced in 2013 that it was encouraging children to have ‘lots of good friends’.
Dr Barbara Greenberg told CBS New York: “There has been a movement in some American schools and European schools to ban the phrase “best friend”.
“The idea of banning the phrase “best friends is a very intriguing social experiment. ‘I see kids come in all week long who are feeling dreadful because they are excluded and because they are either nobody’s best friend or their best friend has moved on.”
Headteacher of Prince George’s school Ben Thomas said at the time: “You can get very possessive friendships, and it is much easier if they share friendships and have a wide range of good friends rather than obsessing too much about who their best friend is.”
“I would certainly endorse a policy which says we should have lots of good friends, not a best friend.”