Employee of the Year 2001 - Inland Revenue

Pet Seminar

      On Friday March 25,2011,   I attended Faith   Baptist Church   at Flankers where Mrs Campbell was presenting on   the topic , “Peer   Pressure”. I am happy I went because I learnt a lot. I learnt that peer pressure is not only pressure from one’s peers to behave in   a similar manner but it is   also the influence of   social groups   on an individual. I have also learnt many ways how to respond to negative peer pressure. Some ways are; listen to your guts, learn to feel comfortable saying “no” and be yourself, make your own decisions regardless of what others think. Most importantly I learnt three points about good peer pressure.

  1. Being pushed into something that you didn’t have the courage to do or it didn’t cross your mind to do.

  2. Can be a situation when your friends convince you not to do something you were going to do because it wasn’t in anyone’s best interest.

  3. Is when you get pushed into something that you didn’t want to do and it turned out well.

  I was enlightened when I learnt that there are some benefits of good peer pressure. For example, you can overcome a fear, learn something new, avoid breaking the law, avoid getting into trouble with your parents and   avoid endangering your health. There are some things we can do to help teens /students deal with peer pressure. We can make them aware of some pressures they may encounter. We can also demonstrate the difference between positive and negative peer pressure and provide suggestions and strategies to help them deal with peer pressure. For example, ask them questions and allow them to think.   Then identify the negative behavior or actions, evaluate the consequences then suggest alternatives. You can also make a joke to change the subject or just leave the area. As long as we know who we are and make God the center of our being then we will be able to overcome peer pressure.

  As we all know that bad peer pressure leads to teen age pregnancies. This topic was...