What Are Solutions to Peer Pressure?

Solutions to peer pressure include taking personal action by standing up to bullies and saying no, enlisting the support of like-minded friends to advocate against improper and immoral behavior and speaking to teachers, counselors and parents about pressures from other students. Individuals and groups alike resist peer pressure. Individual students can reduce negative pressures from classmates by listening to gut instincts and feelings, responding to intimidating actions with an assertive stance and by walking away from potentially harmful situations.

Peer pressure refers to people, including children, teenagers and adults who attempt to influence the thoughts, behaviors and actions of others. In school settings, students learn from one another by exchanging different types of information. This information includes intellectual knowledge, traditional cultural practices and social behaviors.

Humans, as social creatures, naturally strive to fit in with groups of like-minded people. To do so, they adopt behaviors of others around them, good and bad. Even if they oppose certain risky actions, students can give in to peer pressure. Students can offset negative peer pressure by choosing friends who do not adopt bad behaviors like smoking, cutting class and lying to teachers and parents. Students also use the power of positive pressure, such as joining sports teams and clubs, to practice commendable moral behaviors. Adopting positive behaviors in turn sets positive examples for others and reduces negative peer pressure.