Combating Peer Pressure Among All Racial Groups

June 20, 2013
Written by Terez Howard in
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Peer pressure, or bullying affects more children daily, and parents must step up in helping them to combat these issues.

I did something, Terez,” my friend tells me one day. “Something bad.”

My stomach tightened as she told me that she had smoked. She said it was an awful experience, and the cigarette made her feel sick. “I will never do it again,” she said, and she never has.

Why did she do it? Peer pressure.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines peer pressure as a strong influence from different racial groups, especially children, on members of that group to behave as everyone else does. Peer pressure influences children into getting involved in alcohol, stealing, sex, and drugs.

The book Self-Destructive Behavior in Children and Adolescents states, “The youthful are most often introduced or ‘turned on’ to the various drugs by a close friend whose intentions may be to share an exciting or pleasurable experience.”

Your children might not have any bad motives when they get involved in questionable conduct. They might only be seeking association. What can you do to help your children combat harmful peer pressure?

Talk to your child. Allow your child to express them self openly. For instance, your 9-year-old might want to see Saw VII, like his peers, but before you refuse his request, first, acknowledge his feelings.

Dr. Susan Bartell, family psychologist, and author of The Top 50 Questions Kids Ask, says in the article But Everyone Else Is Going, “It’s a good idea to say, ‘I’m sorry you’re feeling so left out. That must be frustrating, and you’re probably mad at me. But, everyone’s family is different and has its own rules. The rules we make are to make sure that you are healthy and safe, even if you don’t like them.’”

In other instances, such as when your child might be tempted to smoke a cigarette or drink a beer, you can hold a practice session with your youth to help him or her prepare how to respond when confronted by their peers about any negative issue including race and racism. That way, the child will know how to act before a sticky situation arises. Additionally, your child must recognize that making good choices in life are for his or her best interests.

Dr. Mary Lamia, a clinical psychologist in Marin County, and host of Kid Talk with Dr. Mary on Radio Disney in San Francisco/Sacramento, explained in the article, Peer Pressure and Your Child: What You Need to Know, that parents should limit their children’s contact with damaging influences. Lamia says, “In the end, if you do these things, you teach your child to be a leader rather than a follower. That’s what leadership is about — thinking for yourself.”

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Peer Pressure on Drugs

Submitted by PARK-UNIV-01_OC... on

Having the child and the parent practicing a situation when a child is being pressured to do something that is misleading is a great way to help prepare the child.

For a parent to prepare their child for peer pressure, it takes a different method to help the boy, than the girl.

Even though the child does not seem to be in need of any counseling. The parent might want to follow up with their children about peer pressure.

Peers in general rule your

Submitted by ABILENE_2C775DDC on

Peers in general rule your life, in some form or fashion someone is looking at you to do something. Drugs and sex were some of the things that I as well as many of my friends were pressured to do. I believe that it takes a strong moral family to keep one on track when fallowing the "right" path. One thing that I did appreciate from my parents is that I knew that I could come to them at any time and discuss my life and the pressures in them. When I was asked to do these things my parents faces came to mind and I refused to disappoint them. Parents! Yes, you are the parent, the authority, and the ruler of the house but at some point you need to be some kind of friend to your child so he or she can come to you when they are in need. If not the outcome is inevitable.