Peer pressure has been affecting children for many years. It can make you act in a way that you never thought you would act like. Peer pressure isn’t a joke. At a young age it could make you do bad things and when you get older it can get worse.
When you are pressured it is really hard to make decisions. But when you are pressured from your friends it is even worse. When one of your friends suggests doing something, you instantly want to agree. Before you agree think about the consequences. It may seem like a normal night out but you never know what might happen. Don’t let your friends take advantage of you. Make your own decisions. Make the right choice.
Trying to avoid these situations is really hard. You do not want to back out of the plan because you are afraid of what your friends would say but you do not want to join in and do the wrong thing. If your friends would tease you for not agreeing to their plan, do you think they are true friends? Confidence plays a big part in this. Don’t sit around thinking about what your ‘friends’ think of you. Do something you enjoy, have fun, make your own choices and do what you want to do. Eleanor Roosevelt said ‘no one can make you feel inferior without your consent’.
Peer pressure can start as young as the age of two, when children do things they are told to do. They are very young and vulnerable so they will do whatever someone says. If this goes on for a long time the child will start to lose confidence and when they grow older they will always do what people tell them to and they could start drugs and taking alcohol. This could change their whole life.
Finally, be strong. Don’t listen to people who are a bad influence, do what you think is right, and say NO to peer pressure. Don’t let people make you someone you’re not. So what if you don’t fit in, you’re doing the right thing and that’s all that matters. Remember that you are important. Your life counts and you can make a difference in this world. If you ever experience something like this speak to a friend or family member and we can all get through this together.