Being respectful with others including friends and family

Safety, trust and wellbeing all stem from being respectful with our family and friends. To learn more follow the information below.


To know what respect is and apply it to my relationships

Let's start with why this is important:

  • showing respect to others builds safety, trust and wellbeing
  • respect does not come naturally it is something that must be learnt

What to do next

How to be respectful when someone is not respecting you

Sometimes we find ourselves not feeling respected by other people, including our family or friends. While it’s not always possible to change somebody and make them respect you, there are some things you can try:

  • Show people what respect looks like by being respectful yourself
  • Spend time with people who are respectful and make you feel safe
  • Tell the person what they are doing isn’t ok and be specific
  • Talk to somebody you trust like a parent, teacher, or counsellor
  • Try to understand their point of view
  • Give that person a chance to change their behaviour toward you
  • It’s ok to end friendships with people if they can’t be respectful and you don’t feel safe around them

Creating respectful relationships within your family

Creating positive relationships with your family

Family will stick with you through thick and thin - but getting along isn't always easy. Follow our tips for a stronger bond!

Someone is disrespecting you or others

Watch this video for some tips of what to do.

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