Why Teens Give In to Peer Pressure

Why Teens Give In to Peer Pressure

People who are a similar age as you are called your peers. They could be your classmates or friends, for example.

When your peers try to persuade you to do something, or tell you how to act, it’s called peer pressure.

Peer pressure is something everyone has to deal with — even adults. However, peer pressure is strongest among teenagers.

This lesson will improve your English speaking ability and give you ideas on how to handle peer pressure.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Why Teens Give in to Peer Pressure

1. Who is trying to grab the bottle of beer?

2. What gesture is the girl by the wall making?

3. Is the boy about to light his cigarette?

4. Do you think the boy is old enough to smoke?

5. Are they all facing each other?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Which group do you spend the most time with?

  • Schoolmates
  • Friends (not schoolmates)
  • Siblings
  • Other

2. How many hours a day do you spend with schoolmates?

  • Below 1 hour
  • 1-4 hours
  • 5-8 hours
  • 9-12 hours
  • Above 12 hours

3. Have you ever been pressured into doing things out of your “comfort zone”?

  • Yes
  • No

4. When did you first notice peer pressure from friends or schoolmates?

  • 9-10 years old
  • 10-12 years old
  • 13-14 years old
  • 15-16 years old
  • 17-18 years old

5. What things do your schoolmates pressure you to do?

  • Smoke
  • Drink alcohol
  • Take drugs
  • Play pranks
  • Shoplift
  • Stealing cash from parents
  • Skip class
  • Break school rules
  • Break home rules
  • Other form of pressure

6. Which of those pressures have you given in to?

  • Pressured into smoking
  • Pressured into alcohol use
  • Pressure into drug use
  • Pressured into playing pranks
  • Pressured into shoplifting
  • Pressured into breaking school rules
  • Pressured into breaking home rules
  • Pressured into stealing from parents
  • Other form of pressure

7. Which is the hardest pressure to resist?

  • Pressure from bullies
  • Pressure from friends
  • Pressure from siblings
  • Pressure from teachers
  • Pressure from strangers

8. Do you regret any time you “gave in” to peer pressure?

  • Yes, I feel terrible
  • Yes, a bit
  • Not really
  • Not at all

9. Is peer pressure more common with:

  • Wealthy teens
  • Middle class teens
  • Lower class teens
  • It’s the same with all teens regardless of income

10. Do you think peer pressure is ever a good thing?

  • No, never
  • Sometimes, depending on the situation (give an example)
  • Yes, always

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Why Teens Give in to Peer Pressure

Discuss the Photo

1. What word(s) do you think he’ll spray on the wall?

2. Would you say he’s an artist or a criminal?

3. Would you agree that “graffiti” is a form of vandalism?

More Discussion

4. Is graffiti common in your country?

5. What kinds of things are vandalized in your country?

6. Do you think vandalism is caused by peer pressure?

7. What is the penalty for vandalism in your country?

8. Is drawing on school books, desks, or walls vandalism?

10. Have your personal things, or a building you regularly visit ever been vandalized?

Did you enjoy this ESL Lesson? 

Why Teens Give In to Peer Pressure

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