Social skills or intelligence refers to the abilities and skills we use to understand social situations.
Learning to cooperate, compromise, make and keep friends, negotiate conflicts, treating other people with fairness, respect and compassion all result from having good social skills.
We help children to understand and decode people and situations. Facial expressions, tone of voice, the way people hold themselves all give us an idea of what or how that person is feeling.
Children need to know that if they annoy someone or behave inappropriately they can't just shrug their shoulders and walk away or 'hit the off button'. Our actions have consequences (positive and negative).