Adolescents are prone to peer pressure
Majority of us usually learn new things from our surroundings. Adolescents are prone to peer pressure as they are not mature enough to judge a situation. Students tend to learn a lot of things from their friends as they spend much time with them. It is our responsibility to help adolescents identify good and bad peer influence. Confidence building is also important to tackle negative peer pressure. Confident students can utilise peer pressure positively and make wonders in their lives.
– V Balakista Reddy, registrar, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
It impacts every student differently
Some of them shine under peer influence and give their best because of the competitive environment. On the other hand, some students succumb to the pressure of meeting others’ expectations and thereby underperform. Since peer influence among students is almost inevitable in these days, we must equip our youth to handle these pressures constructively. It needs to be analysed how the students react to peer influence and counsel them so they can respond positively.
– Ranjan Bose, director, IIIT-Delhi
Helps to get better result
Peer pressure is not always a bad thing. It is important to see how a teen responds to it. They are often eager to do the things their peers tell them to do. Some students tend to study hard under the influence of their peer to get better results. It helps students to bring positive changes in a student.
– Vikram Burman, Rai University, Ahmedabad
No peer pressure, its peer inspiration It is never peer pressure; rather, it has always been ‘peer-inspiration’. Peers have always helped me in bringing about constructive changes in my life. Interaction with them enhances learning abilities and makes look at things from a different perspective. I have always observed kindness and respect towards each other in my peer network, which I think, is important for a healthy learning environment.
– Sudha, doctoral student, IIM-Bangalore