Eye contact is when you look at another person's eyes.
Eye contact is important during a conversation because it lets the other person know that you are listening or talking to them. Most people, you talk to, like it when you make eye contact with them.
Eye contact may sometimes feel uncomfortable. This can happen when we feel anxious, sad or afraid.
Eye contact can also feel uncomfortable if we stare. Looking away from time to time can make it more comfortable.
Most of the time eye contact is OK. Sometimes it may feel not OK but it is important to try. Looking at the person then away can often help.
Eye Contact With Adults
Eye contact is looking at someone's eyes while you talk or listen to them.
Eye contact is important with everyone we talk to. Most adults expect you to look at them while they are speaking. They may get cross or upset if they think that you are not listening. Making eye contact helps to show that you are listening.
When adults ask us questions they like to see that you are making eye contact. It is OK to look away while you think about what you will say back to the adult.
Making eye contact with adults can feel uncomfortable sometimes. This is OK but it is still important to try. This shows that you are listening. Looking away while you think is also OK.