Friends and Peer Pressure

Because your child's friends play such an important role in his or her life, it's crucial that you do what you can to make sure that those relationships are positive ones.

By staying informed and involved in your child's life, you can ensure that you're able to encourage positive relationships and help steer negative ones to a positive direction.

  • Get simple tips for encouraging positive relationships >>
  • Resisting Negative Peer Pressure

    Simply put, peer pressure is the effect the people around your child have on her or his decisions. And though this seems simple, peer pressure can be a complicated issue with many different facets. The ability to resist peer pressure comes from a combination of many factors, including self-esteem, respect for others, and experience. And while you won't always be there to get your child out of negative situations, you can help prepare her or him to be a positive influence on other kids and to make smart decisions, even in the face of peer pressure. Get simple tips for resisting negative peer pressure >>

    Did You Know?


    1. Mandy Hochstedler, “Peer Pressure, Parental Tolerance Contribute to Underage Drinking,” Bellefontaine Examiner Online(2009).

    2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “ Changing Adolescent Smoking Prevalence,” Smoking and Tobacco Control Monograph 14 (2009): 85-89.



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