Biggest Challenge for 8th Graders
Peer pressure, we've all been through it. 8th graders are becoming more exposed to negative peer pressure such as doing drugs, drinking alchohol, etc. Peer pressure often happens because you don't want to be alone or felt left out.
“I smoked my first cigarette when I was 11. I didn’t want to but all my friends were smoking and I didn’t want to be out of the group. Once I’d started I couldn’t stop. I was addicted… I wish I hadn’t started. I knew it was wrong and I didn’t want to" (yourlifecounts.org.)
This graph goes to show the power of negative peer pressure. Out of all the factors, peer pressure has the highest percentage. On the other hand, peer pressure isn't always a bad thing. There is something called positive peer pressure that can counter the negative. According to thecoolspot.gov, "Peer pressure isn’t all bad. You and your friends can pressure each other into some things that will improve your health and social life and make you feel good about your decisions " (thecoolspot.gov.)
Ways to Help
- Use the buddy system
- Look for positive role models
- Watch your moods
- Evaluate your friendships
- Seek support
- Get away from the pressure zone
Peer pressure today isn't all about drugs and alcohol. It's as simple as being afraid to raise your hand for fear of being made fun of or laughed at. Peer pressure can also be everyone making you pick up the trash after your table gets done eating. Just simple things like these show the true power of peer pressure. No matter what the situation is people can always fall under peer pressure. That's why this is the biggest challenge for 8th graders.