Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sue Scheff: Visit The Cool Spot - Learn about Peer Pressure and Your Kids

Info for Parents and Teachers

The Cool Spot was created for kids 11-13 years old by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The NIAAA is the lead U.S. agency supporting research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of alcohol problems. It is a component of the National Institutes of Health, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Your classmates keep asking you to have them over because you have a pool, everyone at school is wearing silly hats so you do too, and your best friend begs you to go running with her because you both need more exercise, so you go, too. These are all examples of peer pressure. Don’t get it yet?

  • Pressure is the feeling that you are being pushed toward making a certain choice—good or bad.
  • A peer is someone in your own age group.
  • Peer pressure is—you guessed it—the feeling that someone your own age is pushing you toward making a certain choice, good or bad.
What’s so difficult about avoiding peer pressure?

Now you have the basics, but check out the other links in this section to make sure you recognize peer pressure. That way you can resist it when you need to.

For more information visit http://www.thecoolspot.gov/  

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