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Peer Pressure And How It Affects Your Teenager
Peer pressure. The thought that makes a parent's mind race, heart beat faster and panic. Teenagers all around the world have experienced some form of peer pressure at least once in their life.
Bullying: this is common in schools and comes in many forms. It could be the child forcing you to give him your lunch money, the person blackmailing you to do their homework or the kid attacking you physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Bullying is a serious issue and should be dealt with immediately. If left too long, it could escalate into something horrendous. An example is the case of Megan Meier who was cyber bullied and committed suicide. Depression in teenagers is a likely cause of suicide.
Sex: whether it's friends or partners pushing you to "give it up," once again peer pressure is on the rise. Sex nowadays is treated as a common thing, not something that should happen between two people who love each other. It happens at house parties, with a stranger or the "natural" one night stand. Girls are the most common target. We are easy to manipulate and be pressured into something when told "oh if you loved me you would do this." I have one thing to say about this to girls: walk away. If your partner cannot respect you enough to wait until you are ready, drop him. Once he gets what he wants, he has no reason to stay with you and will leave you for another. Sleep with someone who will be a part of your life, not a one night stand. A group of girls were talking about sex and all except one had done it. She was waiting for the right person. She could be like those girls in a second, but they could never be a virgin like her.
Alcohol: Underage drinking is a problem in this world. Alcohol is available to so many people who are underage and so many of those people have either liver problems, alcohol poisoning or are dead. The few that are alive carry on drinking as if nothing has changed. Wait until you are of legal age and drink responsibly. Alcohol is not cool drink. It has a high level of toxic products which harm your body. Drinking socially is good until it gets out of hand when a drunk driver gets behind the wheel. I still remember telling my dad at the age of nine that one day i would be legal to drink all i wanted. Now, at almost nineteen, i am of legal age but i respect my body and refuse to drink. Call me what you like, but these are my morals and principles. What have you got to show huh?
These are just a few examples of peer pressure. The list is endless but these are the most frequent examples that pop up. I wish each teenager luck to resist peer pressure. I know it's not easy but NO is a powerful word. Saying 'yes' could end up fatal. Be safe.