Peer pressure classroom activities

Secondary

These activities will help your students learn to recognise and respond to positive and negative peer pressure.

Peer pressure is a normal part of growing up. As friends gain importance in adolescents’ lives, they also gain influence over behaviours in positive and negative ways.

This set of classroom activities can help young people explore what peer pressure might look like. This resource is from a US organisation, but the content is still applicable for UK schools.

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • young people aged 11 to 13
  • use with small groups

Curriculum links

England - RSHE

Respectful relationships, including friendships

By the end of secondary school pupils should know:

· the characteristics of positive and healthy friendships (in all contexts, including online) including: trust, respect, honesty, kindness, generosity, boundaries, privacy, consent and the management of conflict, reconciliation and ending relationships. This includes different (non-sexual) types of relationship.

Northern Ireland – Learning for Life and Work

Relationships

KS3 pupils should have opportunity to:

· Explore the qualities of relationships including friendships

· Develop coping strategies to deal with challenging relationship scenarios

Scotland – Health and Wellbeing

Relationships, sexual health and parenthood

I recognise that power can exist within relationships and can be used positively as well as negatively.

Wales - Health and Wellbeing

How we engage with social influences shapes who we are and affects our lives and wellbeing

Progression step 3: I have an understanding of the rules, norms and behaviours of different groups and situations, and I recognise that these have an influence on me.

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