Counselor's notes on Peer Pressure

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It is really a pleasure for us to share with you in the second edition of the Eagle Eyrie. Kindly be reminded that as the school Counselors, we are available to help you and your child have a successful school year. Students are free to make an appointment or may be referred by a parent or teacher. Remember, whatever you talk about with the Counselors is confidential.

In this month's edition we will be focusing on Peer Pressure. This is a major issue which children on the whole face and so it is our duty to ensure that those we serve are knowledgeable about the issue.

What is Peer Pressure?To put it quite simple, peer pressure is when friends or other students in class or in school put pressure on you to do something you don't want to do. Peer pressure is normal because you want to keep in with your friends or you enjoy being part of a group.

In fact it can be very positive, for example a group of friends working together to cheer another friend up or to discourage bad behavior. But it can also be very negative, for example if friends or classmates encourage you to disrespect your teachers and fellow classmates, or to simple waste time and pay no keen attention to your school work.

Why do students give in to Peer Pressure?Some students give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked, to fit in, or because they worry that others may make fun of them if they don't go along with the group. Others may go along because they are curious to try something new that others are doing. The idea that "everyone's doing it" may influence some to leave their better judgment, or their common...