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Peer Pressure Influences Teens’ Decision-Making, But Here Are Ways To Avoid It

Most of us are familiar with the concept of “peer pressure” — where teens can be persuaded by their friends to participate in risky activities that they otherwise might avoid. Now a new study from University College London supports this idea that adolescents’ judgment is affected mostly by what their peers think, compared to what adults think.

For the study, participants ranked the riskiness of a variety of situations — from crossing at a red light to walking through a dark alley. Afterwards, they were told how either adults or teens ranked the same situations. Then they re-assessed their own ranking of how dangerous these activities were.


Who’s the Biggest Influence on Teens’ Drinking Habits?

While “peer pressure” is an ever-present force in social interactions, it may not be the peers you expect that are having the biggest influence on teens… Or at least when it comes to underage drinking. According to new research, instead of being influenced by what they believe all of the other kids are doing, teens are actually impacted the most by the decisions of their close friends. In other words, if a teen hangs out with others who drink, they’re more likely to engage in that behavior themselves. Likewise, if a teen hangs out with non-drinkers, they’re less inclined to drink, despite what a bunch of their classmates may do on the weekend.


Positive Peer Pressure — All the Cool Kids are Doing It

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so your #ChoicesChallenge is to Stop the Hate.

So how do we do that? Well, all of those anti-bullying messages — you know, the “No Bully Zone” posters — haven’t really been resonating with kids, because most don’t classify themselves as bullies. In fact, the majority of bullying behaviors are actually coming from normal kids who are just having a tough time.

If we want to encourage positive behavior, it’s not about getting rid of the bullies; it’s about changing the climate of the school.


Here’s Why Teens Should Surround Themselves With High-Achieving Friends

You know that old saying parents throw around about how you shouldn’t follow the crowd? Something like, “If your friends did XYZ (ridiculous thing), would you?” While following in your friends’ footsteps sounds like a bad idea in that case, it can actually have its upsides. According to a new study, teens who surround themselves with smart, high-achieving teammates are more likely to succeed themselves.

Researchers at Brigham Young University spent four years investigating high school activities and the effects they have on students. They found that being part of a club or team that gets good grades can double a student’s likelihood of going to college.


Should Soda Have A Warning Label?

Cigarettes can’t be sold without a cautionary message from the Surgeon General. Alcoholic beverages must be accompanied by a label outlining their health risks. Now soda may be joining this group of products with warnings attached — or at least in the state of California.

With nearly 40 percent of California’s youth obese or overweight, state legislators are taking action. In an effort to curb obesity, the California Senate passed a bill, which would require sugary beverages to carry a warning label about potential health risks, including obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. The bill now heads to the California State Assembly, who must act on it by August.


Want Teens to Drink Less Soda? Try Using Peer Pressure

When we hear a story about “peer pressure,” we often think of otherwise respectful and honest teens getting wrapped up in all sorts of trouble. But what if teens could use peer pressure as a positive? A recent study in Ohio did just that, finding that the soda-drinking habits of teens changed drastically when encouraged by their peers.


Tune In as The Today Show Goes Inside the Teenage Mind

This morning The Today Show kicked off a series called Inside the Teenage Mind, in which correspondent Jenna Bush Hager sits down with 10 teens ranging in age from 13 to 17, talking to them about everything from bullying and academic pressure to drugs and sex. The major takeaway: They feel there’s no room to fail in today’s achievement-focused academic environment (“you’re trying to dictate your future”), and cell phones and social media have made it impossible to escape peer pressure or keep anything private. It’s worth a watch on your own […]