Teaching Your Child to Resist Peer Pressure

As children get older, the start to become more self-conscious and begin to worry more about what people thing of them or whether or not they fit in. While wanting to be sociable and popular isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can cause some problems. For instance, your child might be more susceptible to peer pressure, which can get them into trouble or even get them hurt. So, with all this in mind, it’s important to talk to your child about these sorts of things and teach them to recognise and avoid peer pressure. Here’s some advice from a sixth form college in Guildford.

First of all, it’s worth chatting to your child about what makes a “true friend”. Ask your child, do you think a true friend would force you to do something that makes you uncomfortable or puts you in harms way? The answer should be no. Explain to them that this is called peer pressure. Depending on your child’s age, you could even role play some examples. Let your child know that it’s ok to say no sometimes. They don’t have to go along with something just because the popular kids are doing it. Saying no shows courage and bravery and real friends will accept no as an answer. Suggesting alternative options is also a good idea, rather than a flat-out no. 

It’s a good idea to meet your child’s friends if you can, to suss out for yourself what kind of kids they are. Do you think they might be a bad influence on your child? If so, try and encourage them to make new friends by allowing them to join extracurricular activities etc. The more you talk to your child about these sorts of topics and just generally show an interest, the more clued up they will be. Not only that, they will also feel supported and know that they have someone at home to turn to if anything becomes too difficult for them. 

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