“Peer pressure” is a fairly self-explanatory term. It is literally the pressure that we feel from our peers to do certain things, dress certain ways, use certain words, eat certain foods, and on and on. No matter how old you are there will always be peer pressure to conform to certain norms, but it can be particularly acute in secondary school, when standing out from the crowd can take a lot of courage.
When children go through periods of insecurity, or wanting to be part of the ‘in-crowd’, they often adopt dangerous habits in order to prove that they are ‘cool’, or that they are not pandering to their parents. This is why so many teenagers turn to drugs, alcohol, smoking or sex – not for any true satisfaction, but for the sake of being popular.
It’s observable that those who stand apart from peer pressure are actually more likely to be respected on a deep level. But too many teens fall into these traps, so that peer socialisation at school becomes an extremely negative influence.
2020 Dreams offers a variety of Anti Bullying Workshops, many that deal with the issues of peer pressure. It is important to make children aware and to educate them of the issues surrounding peer pressure. We feel that for children to be able to act appropriately in times of crisis, they need to feel that they are in an environment where they understand and respect each others’ differences, and are able to put their trust in people as well as letting others put their trust in them.
Anti Bullying Workshops are aimed at sharing these ideas, along with dealing with the specific subject of peer pressure. By the end of the workshops we hope to have shown students that although there are various tools for dealing with situations, gaining self-confidence, self-acceptance and self-love that will allow individuals to remain comfortable with their ideals and interested even in the face of pear pressure.
Our Anti Bullying Workshops are designed to be customised according to the needs of your organisation and are a natural compliment to your anti-bullying policy.
To book a workshop on peer pressure please contact us on 0800 689 9909 for more information.