Peer pressure is feeling like you have to go along with something because your friends are doing it.
Many young people can experience peer pressure. You may feel pressurised by your friends, by your family, by activity on social media or by others who are close to your age.
Young people can feel under pressure to:
Behaving in a way that might put you at risk, such as:
Look a certain way by:
Bully others by:
It can be hard not to go along with others when you want to fit in. It might help to remember:
Support is available
If you’re feeling pressurised by others to do things that you’re not comfortable with, or that you don’t like, you can get support. Is there a trusted adult you can talk to about what is happening? This might be a parent, an aunt or uncle or a teacher.
Childline is always here to listen to you and support you. You can contact Childline at any time.