How to Help Kids Fight Peer Pressure to Join Social Media
As children grow, they start to feel the pressure of their peers to fit in and blend in with the crowd. Over the past decade, kids have felt increasing pressure to join social media and younger ages. Social media has a major impact on how children in the digital generation view themselves and the world.
Social media allows kids to portray themselves as whatever they want to be. It provides a platform for connection and exposure to what’s going on in the world, good or bad. However, there are many risks and disadvantages for people who aren’t mature enough to grasp its complexities. There are many negative impacts social media can have on children.
Here are some ways to help your kids fight peer pressure to join social media.
Peer Pressure Preparation
Prepare your child for peer pressure as early as possible. Instill core values and build their self-esteem, so you can prepare them for any challenges they may face.
Discuss the dangers of peer pressure with your children so they understand why they shouldn’t conform to their peers in instances that pose harm to them or someone else. Ensure your child knows the consequences of their actions and what that entails. The dangers of social media will be irrelevant to your child if you don’t explain how they could cause problems.
Providing values for your child to decipher right from wrong will undoubtedly set them up for success. Give them the necessary tools to make decisions independently with confidence. You can worry less when kids understand the dangers and think through obstacles to come up with solutions. Your child will know what to do when situations occur if you provide them with the fundamentals they need, like respect, integrity, consideration and independence.
Build Their Confidence
Building your child’s confidence is essential to their growth and self-awareness but is also vital to their success. Prepare children to deal with peer pressure on all fronts. They will feel more confident in their decisions if they’re confident in who they are and what they stand for.
When you boost your child’s confidence at home, they are less likely to seek acceptance from their peers or other outside forces like strangers on the internet. Ensure you give your kid the attention and feedback they need at home so they don’t search for it elsewhere. Be attuned to your child and what they are going through. Talk to them as much as possible and listen when they talk to you, offering guidance and support when needed.
Fighting Peer Pressure
Fighting peer pressure is easier said than done. You remember what it was like, right? Kids can be brutal to one another, no matter how you slice it. Fitting in can seem like the only possible solution for children when they don’t have adequate support and guidance to tell them otherwise.
Social Media’s Negative Impacts
Ensure your kids know and understand social media’s negative impacts on them and their peers. Fear of missing out (FOMO) is one of the most impactful reasons children want to have social media. Kids naturally want to be part of the group as they reach adolescence and grow into teenagers. The fact that 55% of the world’s population is hooked to the internet doesn’t help.
Children want to do what everyone else does and get discouraged when they can’t. This can lead to depression and anxiety in kids and harm their overall health. Internet addiction is a genuine concern among parents, as well. Your kids should have supervision and limitations regarding their online presence to prevent this from happening.
Find a Trusted Adult
When your child feels peer pressure to join social media or do anything they don’t want to, encourage them to find a trusted adult. Ask them who their favorite teacher is if they need guidance and support.
Offer ways for your kids to politely refuse and exit these conversations. Roleplay with them so they feel prepared to say no confidently when peer pressure arises. Ensure that you don’t judge your children but guide them in the right direction by listening. When your child feels like they can come to you with anything, they are less likely to hide things from you and make better decisions.
Be True to Yourself
Teach your kids to be true to themselves and not conform to what others do if it’s bad for them. Why would you want to hurt yourself that way? Pose questions like these to provide perspective and hold your child accountable for their actions. Teach them how they could suffer from poor decisions independently, not just for disciplinary reasons.
This knowledge could help your child become the voice of reason in their friend group and discourage others from buckling under pressure. Promoting positive information and how these situations can be avoided gives your child the proper ammo to confidently fight peer pressure and be grateful for your unwavering guidance and support.
There is less reason for concern when kids are mature enough to understand the risks and apply the appropriate amount of caution when using social media. This shouldn’t encourage you to change your stance on it, though.
Help Your Kids Fight Peer Pressure
There are many ways you can supervise your kids’ accounts and ensure they are protected and secure. However, stand firm in your decision if you don’t want them to have social media. Help them combat peer pressure by utilizing these tips to ensure your child avoids being bullied.
Cora Gold is the Editor-in-Chief of women’s lifestyle magazine, Revivalist. She strives to live a happy and healthy life with her family by her side.