Peer Pressure by Prachiti Kamle

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Peer pressure. It's something we've all probably experienced at some point in our lives. Peer pressure doesn't always present itself in the same ways. It can be as simple as your friends pushing you to do something funny in class, or it can be very serious. Either way, it can have harmful effects on people.

There are two types of peer pressure, active and passive. If someone is being actively pressured, they are verbally being told to do something because it is a norm. An example of this could be if your friends tell you to text and drive, because it's something everyone does. Passive pressure is a little different. Somebody who's surrounded by a type of behavior will learn to mimic that behavior because it seems totally normal. This type of behavior is often present in small children. Peer pressure can often lead to substance abuse in the future, or make it seem okay for young children to be doing something they should not be. Peer pressure can often force children into creating bad habits, such as lying, cheating, or not following rules. 

It is important to avoid peer pressure as much as you can, and not to force your friends into doing something they don't feel is okay. It is also good to keep in mind that people have different beliefs and you should respect those. Avoiding peer pressure can be tough, but there are many ways to do it or help a friend who needs some support. First, you can prepare responses beforehand. If your friends have been asking you to lie to your parents, simply create a response for the next time they do. Another thing you can do is find somebody else or go to events in a group, so if you feel like sitting a rollercoaster out, you won't be alone. Remember, it's always important to listen to your instincts. Stay strong, and don't give in to peer pressure. 

Triveni Patel