If you feel you have to behave like the people around you (your peers) and can’t be yourself, then you’ve given in to ‘peer pressure’.
It can be hard to stand out from the crowd. We all want to fit in and be accepted. But you should never feel forced to do something you don’t want to – whether it’s a small thing or a big deal – just to get your friend’s approval or to avoid being picked on. Sometimes it needs someone to stand up and say no, and the rest of the group will stop too and later thank you for your courage.
Don’t feel pressured into:
Peer pressure happens whatever age you are, so it’s good to learn how to handle it now.
So, it’s important you learn:
If you give in to peer pressure it can have serious consequences and even land you in trouble with the law. It’s all too easy to think something is harmless, but if, say, you’re older and your friends persuade you to drive when you’ve been drinking you could cause a crash and land people in hospital or worse.