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I have recently read a kids’health.org article about how cliques make kids feel left out. It comes to the conclusion that not all groups are friends. A clique is a restricted group where there is always a leader and you can’t be accepted into it unless you follow certain rules and share the opinions of the clique members (especially the leader). People join cliques in order to feel secure. If they’re left out and get into the clique, they will do whatever they can to stay there, even if it includes leaving their best friends and not sharing their real opinions.

In my class, girls seldom hang out in pairs. They always hang about in groups which I never fit in. First of all, all they talk about is the new fad, Noor, a Turkish television drama show and what is forbidden in Islam (like drinking Pepsi?).

I usually read books during breaks, but one time I decided to join one of the chat groups. They were talking about Ramadan, which was coming very soon. I decided to share my opinion and told them that what I liked in Ramadan was the dried Apricot sheets which are only available in that month. They completely turned my off by immediately sticking the tongues out of their mouths in disgust and bragging about what they hated in it and showed that it was disgusting (bad body language for making friends huh?).

I’ve tried all the other groups but what they talk about is completely boring. They don’t read books, are not interested in computers, and don’t seem to engage in any activities or sports to discuss. All they do is watch TV and talk about the celebrities of Noor.

All the girls interrupt each other. There are also the group members who try to ignore you and make you feel different and give you the impression that you’re boring.

During my first 2 days in my school, I tried to hang out with a clique but the problem was that when we used to walk together I was always left behind and they didn’t even seem to notice me when I got fed up and slipped out. There’s the queen of the group who’s always in front and the wannabes race each other to be next to her.

One day you think you’re part of a group and the next day you seem invisible.

My advice to you is to not to hang out in groups where there are leaders, which are cliques, and to sometimes float between chat groups. But nothing beats a best friend.

Articles you should read:
how cliques make kids feel left out
coping with cliques

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Here are 4 BBC sites I’ve discovered that you may like:

  1. Blast

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    Blast is a BBC site for young people interested in art and design, dance, film, music, writing, games or fashion.

    Each category has a sub-site where you can discuss topics related to your interests, read about events, see submissions by other young people and submit your own, get advice from experts, download tools and lots more.

    It’s a great place to explore and be inspired by other young people.

  2. Bloom
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    Bloom, an interactive flash site, shows you how to "make smarter decisions about the things you can do to become more climate-friendly" by helping you find suitable actions depending on your lifestyle that make a difference in the environment.
    Each time you make an action, click on its seed and it’ll bloom into a flower. The more environment-friendly actions you make, the more flowers will bloom in your garden. It’s a great way to track your progress.
    Also, read facts, opinions and debates to see how much of a difference you’re really making.
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  3. GCSE Bitesize

    If you’re preparing for the IGCSE exam, then this is a highly recommended site for you. It has summaries and useful skills on all of the subjects of the exam including Spanish, physical education and ICT. Download free audio related to your subject and play games. It’s easy to become a member and discuss subjects and experiences with other people. 
  4. Slink

    Slink is an online magazine for young teen girls where you’ll find advice on everyday life, information, entertainment, health, games, fashion and beauty tips, and lots of other stuff.
    It’s a fun and informative site to check out.

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