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Objective 1: The student will be able to determine how peer pressure influences their own behaviors and how it can lead to being parents too early. Peer pressure. Lesson vocabulary Peer pressure - the control and influence people your own age may have over you.

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Objective 1: The student will be able to determine how peer pressure influences their own behaviors and how it can lead to being parents too early.

peer pressure
Peer pressure
  • Lesson vocabulary
  • Peer pressure- the control and influence people your own age may have over you.
  • Refusal skills-techniques that can help you refuse when you are urged to take part in unsafe or unhealthful behaviors.
  • Aggressive-overly forceful or pushy; attacking in your approach.
  • Assertive-standing up for your own rights in firm but positive ways.
  • Passive-allowing someone else to make your decisions for you by not voicing your decision assertively enough
  • Preventing peer pressure:
  • Plan ahead—Consider the possible ways in which peers might use negative pressure.
  • Avoid high-risk situations—If you are invited to a place where you think you might be pressured, do not go.
  • Find friends who share your beliefs-Positive encouragement from friends can help you resist peer pressure.
  • Seek advice--Talk to a parent or other trusted adult.
  • Consider your values—Think about your values before making decisions. Would the decision go against your values?
  • Consider the consequences—Think about the possible results of your actions on both you and the people you care about. How would these consequences affect your goals?
ways to say no
Ways to say “no”

Why being aggressive may not work:

When you are aggressive you do not respect the other person’s opinion. Saying things like “You’re nuts” or “You must be crazy to think I would do that” may offend the other person.

Why being passive does not work:

People will not believe what you say and imply that you really are not sure of your decisions. They will continue to apply pressure on you. Statements like “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure if I should” are passive statements.

Being assertive shows that you stand behind your decision but does not attack or insult others. “I’m not interested in doing that” or “I have made a choice not to do that” are assertive statements.

  • Ways to resist peer pressure:
  • Be firm—Do not waiver, and do not compromise
  • Explain your decision—Give reasons, but never apologize.
  • Ask questions—When being pressured asking them questions will reverse the pressure.
  • Avoid insults—Don’t put them down even if you disagree with his or her choices.
  • Name consequences—Remind the other person of the possible consequences of high-risk behaviors.
  • Suggest alternatives--Recommend other activities that do not involve high risk activities.
  • Walk away—If pressure becomes too high, sometimes the best choice is to walk away from the situation.
how do i respond to pressure lines
How do I respond to pressure lines?
  • Line: If you really loved me you would have sex with me.
  • Response: If you loved me, you would respect me and not pressure me.
  • Line: Everyone else is doing it. What’s wrong with you?
  • Response: I know lots of people like me who aren’t having sex.
  • Line: Having sex will make our relationship stronger.
  • Response: Having sex will create more problems in our relationship. I know some other ways to make our relationship stronger.
  • Line: Don’t worry—you won’t get any diseases from me.
  • Response: The only way for us both to be sure is to abstain from sex.
  • Line: No one will ever know.
  • Response: I’ll know, and I’m the one who has to live with my decisions.
when to say no
When to say “no”
  • Examples of risky behaviors:
  • Drugs and drinking
  • Being alone with people you do not know
  • Sexual activity
  • Things that could physically hurt you or make you sick
  • Weapons
  • Anything illegal
  • Anything that goes against your religion, morals or values
  • Something that will make you feel used, guilty, or worthless
  • Something you would be ashamed to tell people about
  • Ask yourself these questions before engaging in high-risk behaviors:
  • Do I want to risk my health?
  • Do I want to give control of my actions to somebody else?
  • Do I want to go against my values?
  • Will I feel guilty, regretful, or disappointed afterward?
  • Is getting in trouble with my parents or the law worth it?
  • Is this more important than my future goals and dreams?
activity write your answers on a piece of paper to hand in
Activity:Write your answers on a piece of paper to hand in.

1. Name 2 ways to prevent peer pressure and 2 ways to resist peer pressure.

2. How would saying “That is a stupid thing to do.” offend somebody. How could it affect your friendship?

3. Name 3 risky behaviors that teenagers may engage in. Give one possible consequence of each.

Information in this slide show is from Abstinence: Making Responsible Decisions. Glencoe. 1999.