Our personal safety topic for this testing cycle is How to Deal with Negative Peer Pressure.
It’s tough being a kid. One of the things that makes it so is Peer Pressure. Some peer pressure can be good, but some can be negative. As parents there are a few things we can do to monitor what is going on in this regard.
1) Create a relationship with your kids that enables them to speak honestly with you about anything. This is easy to say and hard to do, but do your best.
2) Keep tabs on who your kids friends are and get to know their parents. This way both sets of parents can help to steer both kids away from negative behavior.
3) Do your very best to instill a positive system of values in your kids. If your kids have a strong sense of what’s right they will be less likely to do things they know are wrong.
Here are some tips that kids can do when faced with Negative Peer Pressure.
1) Know thyself. Have strong moral values. Be a person who works to be the good guy, not the bad guy.
2) Stand up for yourself. It is okay to not do something that you know is wrong. Use the 5 ways of saying no as a good guideline as to how to do this.
3) Pick friends with similar values to you. If somebody claims to be your friend, but they want you to do something that you know is wrong, then this person is not your friend.
4) Talk about it. Talk about this with your parents and teachers. They can help.
5) Be a positive influence. Remember, part of being a good martial artist and a Black Belt Leader is to be a positive influence on others, not to be negatively influenced by them.
For this testing cycle our students can write a short report on this subject along with their thoughts on the matter(or draw a picture about this if they can’t write yet) for an extra credit prize from the prize box!
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