Did you know that 3.1 million teenagers smoke, 74.3% have tried alcohol, and 30% are offered drugs? This is because of peer pressure. Peer pressure can be really bad. It can get you caught up in smoking, drinking, or even get you in jail. Peer pressure is when you are influenced by a friend to do something good or bad. Although some might say that it’s easier to just go with the crowd and fit in, I would argue that you should stand up for yourself, talk to adults, and stay with friends that have the same standards as you.
One of the key parts for staying away from peer pressure is to stand up for yourself. If someone is trying to pressure you into something, you can’t just cower into it and just do it. You have to stand up for yourself and just say no. Even if everyone else is doing it, you can’t cave into the pressure.
You can also talk to an adult about it. Although some might say that they’re too old and don’t know what you’re going through, I would argue that they are going to know what you’re going through. They were a kid too at one point. They had to deal with peer pressure at one time or another. Talk to an adult and tell them what’s going on. They can help you to get out of sticky situations like that. So talk to an adult, and when I say that I mean teachers, parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, or just anyone that will help you.
Another thing that you can do is stay with friends that have the same standards as you. Although some might say to just go with the crowd and do what they are doing, I would argue that you should stay with friends with the same standards as you. If you are with friends that have the same standards as you, you can have someone to stick with if you get into situations like that. Your friends will be there to say no with you.
As a conclusion, I would say that you should stay with good friends, stand up for yourself, and have good relationships with your parents. If you have all these things, you will be happy to have them when you are being pressured in to doing something that you don’t want to do.