“It takes nothing to fall in line. It takes a lot to stand alone.” Keeping in mind the ever-increasing influence of peer pressure on children. A workshop was organised in Shalom Presidency School on 23rd of January 2019. The resource person Ms. Seema from TOI has to her credit vast experience of conducting workshop with schools on this crucial issue.

Initiating the workshop, she explained to children what is meant by peer pressure, bringing out examples from their own surroundings. It is very important to understand as sometimes children don’t even realize the fact that they are acting under peer pressure. The session turned interactive when she probed the children about the activities they do to make their friends happy or to just remain in a particular circle of friends. Downloading online games, making boyfriends, opening social media accounts and sometimes even the choice of career are influenced by peer pressure. Children acknowledged that in this slow and subtle process they tend to compromise their individuality and values. Peer pressure can work in both the ways, negative and positive. Two groups of children were invited on the stage to plan and enact short skits to demonstrate both the aspects of peer pressure. If positive, it can motivate a student to get better grades, improve upon bad habits and be physically and mentally healthier. Peer pressure can be direct or indirect. Sometimes it just comes straight in the form of a challenge, bet or instigation to do something against will. It is easier to recognise direct peer pressure.

Students should be aware of peer pressure and must learn to deal with it. The resource person gave some valuable tips to the students to deal with it.

Students need to be aware of peer pressure by understanding right and wrong things. Parents need to keep check on their child’s school life if they are being bullied or pressurised. They also need to educate their children about such activities and how they should always stand for their rights.