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Peer Pressure

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Peer pressure is when you think you should do something because other people your age say you should, or because everyone else is doing it too. This could mean wearing certain clothes, or maybe smoking, skipping school or even having sex for the first time.

Sometimes people do things because they want to be liked, or they worry that they’ll get teased if they don’t follow the crowd. It’s normal to want to fit in with everyone else, but in the end people will think you’re a lot cooler if you learn to make your own decisions.

What to look out for:

  • When people try to get you to do or try something they might say ‘everyone else is doing it, so why aren’t you?’
  • If you don’t want to do something but you do it anyway, you’ll probably regret it.
  • Nobody should be made to do anything they don’t want to.

Are you feeling peer pressure?

It’s hard if you’re the only one saying no to something, but be brave.

If your friends want you to do something and you’re not sure, ask yourself how you really feel about it and stick to what you believe.

If you say no to something, real friends should respect your decision. If they don’t, maybe you need to find new friends.

It’s better to have a few friends who want the best for you than lots of friends who try and make you do things you don’t want to do.

Is a friend of yours feeling peer pressure?

If your friend doesn’t want to do something either, back them up by saying no too.

This can really help them and it’ll make peer pressure easier to resist.

Help them make their own choices – they will gain confidence.

Be careful not to put pressure on your friends.


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