The Pros and Cons of Peer Pressure

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Peer pressure pressures peers in both positive and negative ways, depending on the situation. Peer pressure can display through attitudes, risky behaviors, wicked influences, and substantially through media in everyday life. These influences can occur in a positive way, which are particularly related to school and academics. On the other hand, negative pressure that can result from social media and any individual that may pressure people around them to make destructive choices.
School is the biggest influence for kids. Every day, kids surround themselves with many other different students in school. In that case, the more time they spend together, the more of an influence they may have on each other. Peer pressure starts early on the younglings in school (Pettitt, 1993). School provides a cultural hodgepodge for the youngsters, who will soak up new thoughts and interests like sponges (Pettitt, 1993). The pressure starts as soon as the kids step into school, bringing an array of tempting new ideas to challenge each child (Pettitt, 1993). Parents feel a loss of control over the influences and experiences their sons or daughters have to encounter once they have entered kindergarten (Pettitt, 1993). This is simply because these parents cannot control what happens around their kids, when they are not even around. As kids grow older, they will encounter many more challenging and difficult decision making throughout the year. They will look up to their parents as their role models, and will worship the ground that their parents walk on. The youth of today are our nation’s greatest asset, so being a positive parental role model is very important for the future youth. A strong sense of family values can go a long way in helping the kids d...

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