And rightly so. Teens often have a strong need to fit in. They may engage in risky behavior because “everyone else is doing it.”

Yet for other teens, this never becomes a big issue. They are able to stand up to the group. Or they carefully choose friends who simply don’t get into trouble.

What about your teen? A great deal will depend on you. Here are some ways to help your teen resist negative peer pressure.

  • Know your teen’s friends. Get to know their parents if possible, too.
  • Make your values clear. Teens who know they are expected to meet high standards usually meet them.
  • Encourage your teen to join positive groups. You can’t fully control who your teen hangs out with. And it’s probably not wise to try. But you can steer him toward involvement in a church, community or volunteer group that shares your values.

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