Peer pressure- how to survive it
Journalist and mum of three, Georgina Fuller, talks to us about the challenges of peer pressure and how parents can deal with it.
Peer pressure and the internet
One of the most damaging aspects of this is that what they are usually seeing is manufactured perfection but they don’t, says Rudkin, have the ability to recognise that. The need to fit in by having the same stuff as “the cool kids” is perfectly natural but can, if extreme, indicate an anxiety or lack of self esteem which the child believes will be cured with the arrival of a material possession. It can also illustrate a propensity for vulnerability to pressure from peers.
How can drama help?
Top tips for managing peer pressure
1. Listen and empathise. Try and tune in to what your children are saying and put yourself in their shoes.
2. Remind them that the images they see online or on TV have probably been carefully manufactured and edited and that they are not always real.
3. Ask them why they really want something – do they really want the ‘thing’ or do they just want to feel acceptance through having it?
4. Speak to your child's teacher to find out if they have confidence or friendship issues at school.
5. Remember that you are their role-model. If you give material things great importance, they will too.
Georgina Fuller is a freelance journalist and media consultant.