Peer group or commonly known as classmates, schoolmates are an integral part of a person’s school life. The students spend time together during class, extracurricular as well as cultural activities and hence, become friends and support system for each other. They participate in group activities as well which makes them learn about team efforts, criticism, and incorporates leadership and management skills etc. Every student wants to be a part of a group be it at school or friend circle outside the school. Some of the benefits of peer groups are
Generally, student group’s objectives are same and also, some in-evident rules that every group member follows to be part of the group. However, sometimes these group activities can sometimes be in the student's favour and can leave a negative impact on them.
What is peer pressure?
Peer pressure is mostly seen in teenagers when they are trying to be a part of some or other group. Peer pressure is a phenomenon which most teenagers are not aware of because they eagerly want to be part of the group and so decide to follow the group’s activities without realising the negative impacts.
For example - When members of a group try something which is harmful just to appear cool for example smoking, then the student who want to be part of the group would try it so the members would like him or even if the student is already a part of the group but hesitates in trying cigarettes and other members cheer him to try it and even force it on him by saying that everyone is smoking cigarette so he must do it too or doesn’t he want to be part of the group? If he wants to be in the group then he must smoke. This is where the peer pressure starts and it could be with anything like drinking, drugs, dating or becoming a part of some criminal activity etc.
Students want to try the things that others are doing as they feel that since everyone's doing it so they must also do it to be accepted or they will be left behind.
What activities are committed under peer pressure?
Here are some examples of peer pressure to understand it better -
Ways to deal with peer pressure
Conclusion: Students need to be aware of peer pressure by understanding right and wrong things. Parents need to keep check of their child’s school life if they are being bullied or pressurised. And also, educate their children about such activities and how they should always stand for their rights.