Avoid Peer Pressure

Teenagers are going to find themselves in situations where they have a choice.  Do they do the right thing or the wrong thing?  In cases like these, it’s important to understand peer pressure – the influence someone can have on us, whether that person in our social circle or age group.

Today, we’re giving you tips to help your teen avoid peer pressure.  Remember that these aren’t steps you can take in a few hours or even a few days.  These are things you have to work at gradually. But helping your team implement these strategies can keep them healthy, safe and ultimately, off drugs.


Keys to avoiding peer pressure

To help your teens understand peer pressure and make the right choice, here are few lessons we’ve learned along the way. At Test Smartly Labs of Kansas City, we are parents too. Plus, we meet many families who come in to drug test their teens. From experience and observation, here’s what we’ve noticed teens need:

1.  Understanding of the consequences of their actions.  Everything you do has consequences.  If teens do drugs or drink alcohol they need to know the short and long-term effects.

2.  Good self-esteem.  “The first and most important thing you need to avoid peer pressure is to build self-esteem or self confidence. Confidence in one’s own skills or abilities can naturally put off peer pressure, because fear or embarrassment or shame is one of the main reasons why people fall into it.” (source)

3.  Confidence to stand their ground.  Teens need to know how to have confidence and say no, regardless of how that’s taken. “Practice standing your ground. Imagine scenarios in which peer pressure could become an issue. Formulate predetermined responses. Find a trusted friend with whom to role play. Use confidence, humor, flattery, challenges and topic changes to find ways out of the undesirable situations.” (source)

4.  Surrounded by those who share similar interests and values.  Encourage your teen to be in a group that doesn’t make them feel embarrassed or nervous when trying new things.  More importantly, encourage them to avoid groups of people that are going to ask them to do something they shouldn’t do.

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