Yesterday, the Sedqa Prevention Team organized a workshop & discussion with our youth group. The focus of this session was on Peer Pressure.
A peer group is made up of individuals of approximately the same age and interests.
Peer pressure is when a person does something they normally would not do in order to fit into or impress a group.
Adolescence and Peer Pressure
Teens look at peer groups to set rules for correct social behaviour
Many behave in ways the group approves to feel they belong
Positive Peer Pressure
When you are being pushed into something positive that you didn’t have the courage to do
When your friends convince you not to do something because it wasn’t in your best interest
- Helps you overcome fear
- Provides motivation and confidence
- Encourages socializing and provides good advice
- Avoids breaking the law, getting into trouble with parents, and hurting your health
Negative Peer Pressure
- Being talked into something bad that you didn’t want to do
- Wanting to be accepted by your peers is usually the cause
- Causes trouble with the law
- Affects your health
- Causes low self-esteem
Negative peer pressure can have negative consequences such as:
Ways to Deal with Peer Pressure
- Self-confidence is the key!
- Be yourself
- Listen to your gut
- Learn to say NO
- Choose your friends wisely
- Stay away from peers who pressure you to do things that you know are wrong
- Be with people who feel the same way as you do
- If the situation seems dangerous, ask for help
- Help a friend who is resisting peer pressure