What are social skills?
Social skills is the ability to interact with others in a healthy, positive, and productive manner. In order to prepare children to be successful in adults, it is crucial that we as adults encourage social interaction, monitor social skills, and teach healthy ways to interact with other children and with adults. Socialization skills are important not only in school but in all of adult life as well.
Why are are social skills important?
Children with poor socialization skills are less likely to form healthy intimate relationships as adults, more likely to experience peer rejection, and have a higher likelihood of running into trouble either with the juvenile or adult legal system. Social skills in schools impact safety as well as interpersonal interactions, because students with poor social skills are more likely to demonstrate aggressive or violent behavior, are less likely to be able to self-regulate their behavior, and have trouble asking or accepting help from others, which makes violence a more likely response to conflicts.
Academic performance is also impacted, because students who are shunned by peers develop self-esteem issues, depression, and apathy toward those around them, which makes students less likely to focus their energy on academic achievement. Some of the most important social skills for children to learn are conflict resolution, understanding and forming positive social interactions, valuing other people and their ideas, taking turns, and taking responsibility for their own actions.