Supporting your child
Peer pressure is a timeless constant that many young people find themselves needing to navigate. But how can you help your child manage it all successfully?
Firstly, it is important to acknowledge that it is normal that your child will want to fit in and be liked by their peers. It is also normal that they will listen to and be influenced by them. This can be a good thing — for instance, your child may admire a friend who is good at sport and will be inspired to train harder themselves, or they could be influenced to study more if a peer is academically focused.
Positive peer pressure can mean young people are introduced to new music, fashion or experiences and to push themselves further and discover who they really are.
Peer pressure becomes a problem when your child is influenced to do things that are not good for them or others around them. Examples could include skipping schools, shoplifting or even bullying others.