The peers that a teen surrounds herself with is extremely important for her well-being.
When a teen is involved with individuals who are making good decisions and who are involved with positive activities, the teen becomes motivated to follow this positive pattern. Peer pressure can have a dangerous and negative effect on a teen who has low self esteem.
If you continue to face peer pressure and you're finding it difficult to handle, talk to someone you trust. Talking to a parent, teacher, or school counselor can help you feel much better and prepare you for the next time you face peer pressure. For example, positive peer pressure can be used to pressure bullies into acting better toward other kids.
If enough kids get together, peers can pressure each other into doing what's right!
Paying attention to your own feelings and beliefs about what is right and wrong can help you know the right thing to do.
Inner strength and self-confidence can help you stand firm, walk away, and resist doing something when you know better.It can really help to have at least one other peer, or friend, who is willing to say "no," too.This takes a lot of the power out of peer pressure and makes it much easier to resist.Sometimes peers influence each other in negative ways.For example, a few kids in school might try to get you to cut class with them, your soccer friend might try to convince you to be mean to another player and never pass her the ball, or a kid in the neighborhood might want you to shoplift with him.These peers with whom teens associate have a dramatic affect on the perspectives our teens hold and the decisions that our teens make. It seems as though most teens are tethered to their mobile multimedia phones.They can text to their friends on a continuous and instantaneous basis, make telephone calls, photo-document their activities, listen to their favorite tunes, and surf the web as they sit in classes, visit restaurants, watch movies, or attend any other events. Some don't have a clear right or wrong answer — like should you play soccer or field hockey? Do you do what you know is right and go to math class, quiz and all? As you grow older, you'll be faced with some challenging decisions.If you choose friends who don't use drugs, cut class, smoke cigarettes, or lie to their parents, then you probably won't do these things either, even if other kids do.Try to help a friend who's having trouble resisting peer pressure.