Online help for kids dealing with peer pressure

By: yourtown 07 Aug Kids Helpline, Blog
Young people like Eric* are finding help dealing with peer pressure through the Kids Helpline website.


Accessing self-help resources online is becoming more common for young people.

In the last year, there has been a 30 per cent rise in page views of self-help resources on the Kids Helpline website.

The most popular pages were about peer pressure, a really common experience for young people. Most kids want to be part of a group and to feel like they belong, so it is understandable that they do feel pressured to go along with what other people are doing.

Eric visited the Hot Topics section of the Kids Helpline website for support on coping with peer pressure.
I guess I started to hang around with the wrong people. They used to do bad things and I wasn't sure if I should do what they were doing or leave them. I was really desperate to make new friends at a new school, so I did what they were doing.
Kids Helpline’s tips for handling peer pressure include:
  • Using humour to deflect attention
  • Having a direct conversation with the person pressuring you
  • Seeking support of a teacher, school counsellor or counsellor at Kids Helpline
  • Being aware of your values and being true to yourself.

If young people want to talk to someone they can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, 24/7 or use email or web counselling services.

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