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Safe body language

Using body language can be a good way of letting someone know you’re interested in them, or are feeling confident about a situation.

hand languageEye contact, posture and facial expressions are all ways that you can communicate non-verbally.

It’s important to remember these guidelines:

Personal space

Everyone is different when it comes to the amount of space they like to leave between themselves and others.

Usually the closer you stand to someone, the more intimate the relationship.

Be aware of your personal space. If you don’t feel comfortable with the distance between you and someone else, step back a little.

Standing too close to someone can be intimidating so make sure to respect other people’s space as well.

See bullying and personal safety for more if you feel like your personal space is being violated by someone.


Sometimes when we want to support someone, or let them know we’re interested, we feel like making physical contact.

Touching someone’s arm or shoulder briefly can be a signal of our interest or a gesture of comfort.

However, make sure it’s appropriate and be cautious about touching someone you don’t know very well. They may have different boundaries.

Feel safe

If you think someone is acting inappropriately around you or using inappropriate body language, tell someone about it, whether it’s a friend, family member, teacher or a member of the Gardaí.

Have a look at tips for effective communication to find out more ways to express yourself.

This article was last reviewed on 03 May 2017

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