Knowledge is power; understanding anything makes it much easier to deal with. The same holds true with peer pressure. Knowing what it is, grasping why it happens, and learning how to spot it can empower students to better handle it.
Peer pressure is the direct influence on people by peers, or the effect on an individual who gets encouraged and wants to follow their peers by changing their attitudes, values or behaviors to conform to those of the influencing group or individual
Peer pressure can be both bad and good; the problem is that it’s not always all one way or all the other, and it can be difficult for students to sort through messages that may seem to have conflicting outcomes.