What is peer pressure?WE all want to be part of a groupand feel like we belong in ourcommunity. Peer pressure can happen when we are influenced to do something we usually would not do, or stop us from doing something we would like to do.
•someone whom you would think is an equal in age or ability•a friend, someone in the community or even someone on TV
WHY do we have peer pressure? T he only r eason… WE WANT TO BE ACCEPTED BY OUR
Positive peer pressure• where peers support and encourage constructive actions for one another• the type of age-appropriate peer pressure that we want to encourage o Asexample, Our peer encourage us to study hard for mid-term exam .
Neutral peer pressure• Occurs when peers pressure one to go along with the crowd in a way that’s not harmful to others.• This type of pressure occurs frequently in the teenage years and should not be considered a problem. o For example, your friends invite you to go for a party which many friends will go
Negative peer pressure• to do something that places a teen in danger or is hurtful to others is definitely cause for concern. o For example, your peer want you to steal your parents’ money to buy pornography material.
Influence of peer pressure • Friendship.We can find friendship and acceptance,and share experiences that can buildlasting bonds. • Feedback and Advice.Our friends listen and give us feedback aswe try out new ideas, explore belief, anddiscuss problems. Peers can help usmake decisions. And also, our peers cangive us advice and do the right things.
• Socializing.Our peer group gives us opportunities to try outnew social skills. Getting to know lots ofdifferent people and help us to build arelationship.• Encouragement.Our friend can encourage us to study hard andnot to give up easily if there’s any problem. Thisis a big encouragement. • New Experiences.Our peers might get us involved in clubs, sports,or religious groups. Our peers might bring us toexperience something good that we had neverexperienced before.
Influence of Bad peer pressure• We may be stressed because of our peers. Sometimes, they will influence us to do something we aren’t comfortable with or have never done before. o Doing drugs, drinking, having sex before we are ready• This pressure may be expressed openly o “Oh, come on its just one beer, all of us drink it!”• Or , more indirectly. o “Take this cigarette.”
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Although peer pressure hasit’s good and bad, we have to accept the good and face the bad .If not, we will be influencedby our peers to do something which is dangerous and unhealthy .
• Saying "No"We must learn to say “NO" to those things that wedon’t want to do or which is not right. Explaining topeople in a calm way why we dont want to be part ofsomething is one way of handling it.• Take ActionSometimes we are able to tackle peer pressurebecause we feel more comfortable in ourenvironment. Standing up for someone may help usexercise our beliefs or rights. Both of these are waysin which you may be able to create a positive vibeout of peer pressure.
•Plan for possible pressure situations.Think ahead of how we can handle situations.Decide ahead of time — and even rehearse —what well say and do. Learn a few tricks.•Hang with people who feel the same way we do.Choose friends who will speak up with us whenwere in need of moral support, and be quick tospeak up for a friend in the same way.
Choosing friends is very importantfor us. We can’t live withoutfriends but we also cant have abad peer pressure. Good pressurecan improve us but bad one wont.Having a true and good friend isimportant. We should choose ourfriends carefully.Know who is the good peerand who is the bad.