It is a natural human tendency to have the desire to fit in and want to be a part of a group that one likes or looks up to, especially during the young teenage years when children are looking for belongingness or acceptance as well as attention. However, more often than not, instead of leading to more friends, this desire results in unwanted pressure. This pressure is referred to as peer pressure. It is a social pressure that almost every person experiences at some point in their life. Peer pressure could be experienced due to external stimulation through the pressure from peers or internal encouragement to follow one’s peers.
The maximum number of peer pressure cases are observed in adolescent years as every individual goes through a lot of internal as well as external changes during this time. Peers have a significant role in a child’s development, especially during adolescence. The influence peers make beginning from the earlier years only enhance through the teenage.
It is natural and even important for children to make friends, be with them or even be like them, which is good but at times this tendency can lead to some really pressuring impact. These days, the presence of social media has paved the way for more instances of peer pressure among young children who want to make their presence felt on the social media platforms like their peers.
Some of the Positive & Negative Effects of Peer Pressure includes:
It is not easy to say no, especially in teenage years when there are a lot of changes that the child is facing emotionally, mentally, physically, hormonally and doesn’t know how to handle them. During this age, the child also looks for acceptance, belongingness and friends, all of which create pressure within, and might not lead to the best of choices.
Some situations during which adolescents are most likely to experience peer pressure:
THINGS TO DO
Parents and teachers play a huge role in being the right guides for children at this age and helping them navigate their way through these years.
The following points can be shared with kids about peer pressure:
They also have a major role to play in not just guiding but also in recognizing when the child is going through peer pressure.
How can parents help kids with peer pressure problems?
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