The Truth About Peer Pressure
Walk awayYou may find this rather difficult because most kids your age want to hang around certain friends who are popular or cool to up their status, and you are probably no different. Who you hang around with is who you will most likely become. If you are around friends who drink, lie to their parents, or steal, you will be on your way to start doing those same things if you continue to be around them.
Say NoThe most powerful word you can say when you are being harmed or being influenced into doing something harmful is no. Sometimes this can be a difficult statement to make, but the alternative could be even worse. Addiction, jail time, or serious injury is not out of the realm of what could happen to you when you decide to make choices where you are unaware of the potential negative impact on your life.
Ask questionsLooking at some research on the different circumstances that you are being peer pressured to participate in could make a difference in your perception. Inquire with a sibling or a counselor to gain better insight into what you are getting yourself into when your intuition tells you that you are doing something wrong and possibly damaging to future or your reputation. Peer pressure continues to be a concern with adolescents and teenagers because of the everyone's doing it mentality that goes on during this stage of life. Be brave and courageous and stick up for your what you believe to be right.
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