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Lying

Lying is when we don't tell the truth

There are lots of reasons why people might not tell the truth. Sometimes people may lie about something to save someone else's feelings. Sometimes people lie because they want to try and fool someone as a joke. Sometimes people lie because they have done something wrong and they try to hide it.

Lying is a bad thing when we lie to stop ourselves getting into trouble. If we tell bad lies and people find out they may be angry with us and not trust us anymore.

Lying can sometimes be a good thing when we try to avoid hurting someone's feelings. For example, we might say 'I like your new coat' to a friend even when we don't really. These lies are sometimes called 'white lies'.

It can be confusing knowing when it is OK to lie and when it is not. If you are unsure it is usually best to tell the truth.

Lying is sometimes OK but usually it is not. Lying can make people angry with you and not trust you.

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Use the above example to help you create your own social story matched to your child's needs. You may want to modify some of the language for very young children but try to avoid losing precise meaning when using more accessible language. Creating social stories with photos or picture can often help too. A simplified example is available in a printable format below.

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A simplified print out version of the social story example above.

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