Being a parent of a teenager, you must have been familiar with the word ‘peer pressure’. Peer pressure is not necessarily always negative. Sometimes peer pressure provides your kids the positive examples of working hard and establishing themselves as a worthy person. Your child’s friends can be their best source of encouragement and support. Children can get feedback and new ideas to explore from their friends.
But, to be honest, peer pressure can lead to the risky behavior of teenagers as well. The most common and damaging behavior which occur due to peer pressure are smoking, sexting, and substance use. Since adolescence is a confusing period of time when your child goes through various emotional and physical changes, therefore, vulnerability to peer pressure increases during the teen years.
Understanding Peer Pressure
To help your child cope with peer pressure, parents need to understand what is going on in their child’s mind. Due to the immense involvement of technology in our lives, issues for teenagers have become extremely intensified. A decade ago, teenagers were not exposed to cyberbullying or sexting, but in today’s world risks of your teen getting involved in such activities are higher than ever.
Ever wonder what makes your child to get intimidated due to peer pressure? Here are a few reasons:
- The desire to be appreciated by the kids they admire.
- The longing of getting a significant place among their friends, to be known and to be accepted.
- Teenagers despise the feelings of awkwardness and rejection. They want to avoid the situations where they feel uncomfortable. This is the biggest reason for the intensity of the influence of peer pressure.
- The inability to deal with a challenging situation.
- The lack of problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- The confusion which surrounds teenagers when they cannot distinguish what they want and what they like.
What Should Be a Parent’s Role?
As a parent, you need to remember that your child needs to develop his/her own identity. But, giving your child too much space during teen years is a mistake. Make sure you are there for your child to help them understand all the confusing changes happening in their lives.
1. Observe Your Child’s Friends
Children take a greater influence of their friends as compared to adults. Make sure you have an idea about your teen’s friends. Invite your child’s friends at your house for dinner or for a combine study plan. Observe them wisely. Don’t dictate your child about their choice of friends, instead highlight them the good and the bad in a non-obvious manner.
2. Stay Informed
Pay attention to your child’s day to day routine. Teenagers are usually moody but if you notice that your child is in a constant state of distress, help your child come out of those consuming feelings. Plan a day out with your child alone every week. The more you stay connected with your child, the more you can help them in battling with peer pressure.
3. Monitor Digital Conduct
Monitoring your child’s digital life is just as important as keeping an eye on their day to day routine. Want to keep your child away from cyberbullying and sexting? Install an SMS tracking app to monitor the received and sent text messages on your child’s mobile device. One app that you can take help from is FamilyTime as the lets parents:
- Mirror contact book of kids to view all details saved there.
- Monitor SMS history to see who do they talk to and what do hey talk about at what time.
- Watchlist suspicious contacts to get notified if the connection is established between your child and the watchlisted contact either through SMS or call.
- Schedule auto screen locks on their devices for a specific time interval.
- Remotely lock their phone to limit access to their device whenever you want.
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