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What do I do when my friend lies

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What do i do when my friend lies


Hi there, 

Thank you for reaching out to ask Alex with your question. You’re wondering what to do when your friend lies, this is a really good question because we know how hard it can be to respond when we know someone is lying. It can also feel quite upsetting to be lied to and that impacts your friendship as it may feel like it’s hard to trust your friend. 

Have you tried speaking to them about what they have lied about? This may seem daunting, but it is important to address it. You could ask something like “Did you say X happened?” This also allows for them to respond and explain their side. 

Some lies can be hurtful and harmful, if you feel you are someone else is being hurt by someone else’s lies it is important to tell someone. This might be an adult such as a parent, teacher, coach or other family member. 

If you would like to talk about this in more detail, you are very welcome to chat to us through our freephone service on 1800 66 66 66 or through our webchat service, by clicking on the purple Messenger circle at Childline services are free and confidential, and are available for children in Ireland, 24 hours, 7 days a week.   

Thank you for reaching out to us.  

Take care,    


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