When you’re teaching vulnerable kids social skills, it’s important to tell the truth.
They need skills for living in the world as it is, not as you would like it to be.
For instance: If you teach them to walk away from bullies, you have to tell them that sometimes bullies will follow them.
If you teach them to tell an adult, you have to teach them that sometimes the adult won’t care, or will take the bully’s side, or will tell them to stop tattling.
If you teach them to say “That hurts my feelings!”, you have to teach them that some bullies will laugh at them.
If you don’t teach kids that, when those things happen, they will think it is their fault. Or they will think that you don’t care. Either way, they’re not likely to be able to come to you for further support.
It’s much better to admit that your answers are imperfect. It’s much better to admit when you don’t know how to help. It’s much better if you can listen.
Sometimes the best thing you can say is “I’m sorry that people are being so mean to you. Do you want to talk about it?"