Installing a mobile tracker on your teen’s smartphone is one of the things you can do as a parent to monitor him or her when they’re away from home. Although you might think that it’s not ethical to spy on someone, you need to do this to ensure your child’s safety, especially against peer pressure.
What is Peer Pressure?
Although you can’t see or feel it, peer pressure really happens. In fact, all teenagers are likely to experience it at some point in their life. So, what exactly is peer pressure?
Peer pressure is when someone does something they would not normally do just to be able to fit into a group of peers. In many cases, other people would verbally ask another person to do something to prove that the latter deserves the former’s friendship. But there are times when peer pressure is also unspoken. For instance, your teen might want to dress in a particular way because it’s how cool kids dress.
Is Peer Pressure Dangerous?
According to studies, peer pressure can be dangerous in a couple of ways, such as:
Mentally – When a person tries so hard to fit in, he or she may have lower self-esteem. Some teenagers also feel that no matter how much they change, they can never be enough.
Physical – Alcohol, drugs, and sex are often part of peer pressure, and all of these can put a teen’s life at risk. Teenagers need to understand that they should always assess the risks of doing something before they actually do it.
With the help of cell phone tracking apps, you will be able to view all the messages on your teen’s phone, so you can somehow get an idea about how your child’s friends are influencing your teen.
Different Types of Peer Pressure
Pressure to be style conscious – Teenagers want always want to be just like other teens in school. Their styles change very frequently according to what’s cool or trendy. Teenagers tend to be uncomfortable wearing clothes that are not in style.
Changes in behavior and attitude – Young people easily pick up the same attitude as their friends. If their group of friends don’t actually care about their studies, then your child is likely to develop the same attitude toward studying.
Dating and sex – This is another common type of peer pressure. Many teenagers go into relationships and even have sex at a young age just because their friends tell them to do so. It’s really alarming that many young people consider having sex as “cool” and very common.