Puberty can be a difficult time for adolescents. What are some of the challenges they face?
The children between 11 to 14 is affected and will see changes in their physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. These changes occur to all children within the age, and is necessary as preteens grow into teens and adults in the future. The challenges start with physical changes and boys will have different changes from the girls.The girls at this age might start their menstrual cycle, known as a period ; and the boys might go through physical development such as deeper voice. As they socialize with friends and peers the pressure from them will increase as they try to fit into the crowd of popular group. These peer pressure start early, depending on the trend it might be slightly different, but the peer pressure might include smoking, partying, violence and even sex. The teens will confront these pressures and will have to choose when it comes to adolescents.
How and when is peer pressure harmful? Can it ever be helpful? Why?
The peer pressure can become harmful, because you are forced into doing something that you don’t want to. As growing up pre-teens are very conscious of their friends and their social status in the group. If smoking was a requirement to be a popular group, many will consider the option to fit into one. If all the friends around you were doing certain drugs, they will influence you with peer pressure to do the same and this will turn out to be a very bad idea. Following your friends and doing things that your friends are into is not always the best option. The bad things about peer pressure is that everyone will tell you to do it because all of them are doing drugs or anything else that makes them a popular crowd. Unless you are in a group of people that are into either academical the group might be a helpful to you, but this is very rare and peer pressure usually is harmful because of the nature of it.
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