How to help teens deal with dangerous peer pressure on social media
The need for acceptance and 15 minutes of internet fame has caused reckless behavior among teens. Elizabeth Scrivner is a professional counselor who works with teens dealing with intense peer pressure and she is offering her advice for parents on how to protect their children.
There "is a huge pressure that we have going on for all of us and teens being younger and not having as much experience, want to be extremely involved in it. They think they might become famous," says Scrivner of the pressure on teens from social media. She urges parents to get involved with your teens, know who they are with and where they are. You have to be present in their lives.
If your teen is participating in viral challenges such as the cinnamon challenge or the fire spray challenge Scrivner says that parents need to get on YouTube, have a Twitter account, and be on Facebook. Even if it's not your thing if you don't like social media, you have to be engaged with your children.
For teens that are experiencing peer pressure from their friends to do these viral challenges Scrivner urges them to realize that whatever goes online is forever. She tells parents, "the concept has to be continually talked about with teens. This is staying around with you. And so do you want this to represent you?"
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