Peer pressure is something that all children will face at some point during their school life.
Peer pressure is when friends influence your child’s day to day decisions or actions. Peer pressure is when your child feels like they have to do something just because all of their friends are doing it. But it is important that your child understands that is okay to say ‘no’ and to make their own choices.
To help your child resist peer pressure, here is some advice from Manor House School.
Explain peer pressure
To resist peer pressure, your child will need to be able to spot when it is happening. Explain to your child certain situations where they may experience peer pressure and role play some examples. Teach your child to be sensible and confident in their decision making and reassure them that you are always there to talk.
It is important to teach your child to have the confidence to say ‘no’ when something makes them feel uncomfortable. It can be extremely hard for your child to say no to their friends, but it is important to explain that true friends will not pressure them to do something they don’t want to do. You could teach your child to offer an alternative suggestion in response to peer pressure. For example if they feel that an activity is unsafe, they could suggest an alternative activity instead.
Meet their friends
Get to know your child’s friends and encourage your child to invite friends to visit your home. Spend time talking to your child about their relationships at school and if you have any concerns you can always ask their teacher for advice.
By teaching your child to be accepting of other people and to be proud of their own individuality, your child is less likely to be phased by peer pressure. Peer pressure works by making an individual feel wrong or unaccepted for not following along. Explain to your child that we don’t all have to be the same or do the same things to fit in.