Is it ever ok to ‘tell’ on a friend?
Jimmy and the 4:01 Show tackle a super tricky subject in this video – what to do if you’re really worried about a mate’s behaviour, and you don’t know how to help them and you really don’t want to snitch on them. Is it a bad thing to tell a relative or teacher?? Actually? If you’re really freaking out about it?
Tom Law, Clara Amfo and Andy Samuels chat through some advice but *sighs* it’s really tricky. One of the first things to try is chatting to your mate, but don’t put any pressure on, ‘cos that can just make them back off. Explain how you feel, really honestly, and then see what their reaction is – but make sure you stay calm and friendly. Chances are they’re probably feeling a load of pressure as it is so you need to make sure you’re not adding any more. If that doesn’t help and you’re still worried then definitely chat to a relative of theirs, who you trust, or even try going to the doctors if it’s something to do with friends drinking or friends taking drugs ‘cos you can definitely get some good advice there.
Basically, if you’re worried that your friend is in danger, it’s really not snitching ‘cos you’re just looking out for them and being a good friend. Chat to them but also don’t be afraid to seek advice elsewhere – their safety is way more important than anything else. Peace.