Ways to resist peer pressure

Every young person experiences the pull of peer influence at one point or another. During the teen years, when the desire to conform is heightened, it can be tough to resist joining in the same risky behavior as one’s friends, peers and classmates. But doing so can have harmful and lasting consequences. The key is to employ empowering strategies to help withstand temptation and make smarter choices.

If you are experiencing peer pressure

The following tips can help you feel more confident standing up to peer pressure:

  • Resist making snap decisions. Ask your friends for more information so you can make an informed choice.
  • Formulate a plan or an excuse to exit the situation.
  • Suggest an alternative idea if you’re uncomfortable with what your friends are suggesting.
  • Be empowered to say “no” to any situation you’re not comfortable with.
  • Instead of following the crowd, follow your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t get caught up in the moment.
  • Reevaluate your circle of friends. Surround yourself with peers who are positive and uplifting.
  • Stay away from situations where bad choices are common.
  • Get involved in positive activities such as teams, clubs, physical exercise or artistic pursuits.
  • Stay true to your core values and beliefs.
  • Determine your future goals and aspirations, and chart a positive path toward reaching them.
  • Develop healthy self-esteem. Learn to feel good about being you. You don’t have to be like your friends to feel confident and secure.
  • Find a trusted adult, whether a school counselor, teacher or mental health professional to discuss your concerns.


Talk to a school counselor

Alliance City School District

200 Glamorgan St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-2100

Canton City School District

Public school system in Canton, Ohio. www.ccsdistrict.org
305 McKinley Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 438-2500

Canton Local School District

600 Faircrest St. SE
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 484-8019

Fairless Local School District

11885 Navarre Rd.
Navarre, OH 44662
Phone: (330) 767-3577

Jackson Local School District

7602 Fulton Dr.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-8000

Lake Local School District

436 King Church Ave. SW
Uniontown, OH 44685
Phone: (330) 877-9383

Louisville City School District

407 East Main St.
Louisville, OH 44641
Phone: (330) 875-1666

Marlington Local School District

10320 Moulin Ave. NE
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 823-7458

Massillon City School District

930 17th St. NE
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-3900

Minerva Local School District

406 East St.
Minerva, OH 44657
Phone: (330) 868-4332

North Canton City School District

525 7th St. NE
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 497-5600

Northwest Local School District

Northwest local school district in Canal Fulton, OH. www.northwest.sparcc.org
2309 Locust St. S
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Phone: (330) 854-2291

Osnaburg Local School District

310 Browning Ct.
East Canton, OH 44730
Elementary: (330) 488-0392
Elementary: (330) 488-0392
Middle School: (330) 488-0334
Middle School: (330) 488-0334
High School: (330) 488-0316
High School: (330) 488-0316

Perry Local School District

Public school system in Perry Township. www.perrylocal.org
4201 13th St. SW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 477-8121

Plain Local School District

901 44th St. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: (330) 492-3500

Sandy Valley Local School District

5362 State Rte. 183 NE
Magnolia, OH 44643
Phone: (330) 866-3339

Tuslaw Local School District

1835 Manchester Ave. NW
Massillon, OH 44647
Phone: (330) 837-7813
Helpful links

Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

Interactive site that offers information and resources to help promote alcohol awareness and teen responsibility.


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