Dealing with Peer Pressure
Dealing with peer pressure is difficult in the best of times, but it’s particularly difficult for teens. Teenagers want to be accepted by their group. Negative peer pressure can result in shoplifting, drugs and crime and other behaviors that may not otherwise happen. Once you’re in with the group, it’s hard, but not impossible to say ‘no’ – and shoplifting is no exception.
This page deals with teen shoplifting, but whether its' drugs, diet, cigarettes
a teenager has to learn to stand up to peer pressure.
Why Teens Shoplift
There is safety in the group
Fear that they’ll lose friends
To be cool or a big-shot
To get attention
To have what others have
Anger (getting back/ acting out)
How to Deal with Peer Pressure
Try talking them out of it
Give them other alternatives
Say “No” and stand firm. There’s no easy way.
Why NOT to Shoplift
If you get caught, the group won’t help you. You’re alone.
You may be arrested.
You may be charged
You may be banned from the store/mall etc
Shoplifting can be addictive
You may end up with a criminal record, which affects college, jobs etc
Your name can stay in a data-base that can be used for employment decisions
If you or someone you know has an
you can be more likely than your friends to develop shoplifting into a compulsive behavior.
More information on teenage shoplifting
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