Think about the dangers of peer pressure and how to combat it
By the end of the lesson, the children will have discussed peer pressure and how it can affect the way in which we behave
- Play Lying Game – Children to take it in turns to state three “facts” about themselves. One of them must be a lie, whilst the others are true. The rest of the class must guess which fact is not true.
Example: I am 12 years old, My favourite colour is pink, I love football (One of these is a lie).
- Read and Discuss “Lying and Peer Pressure” – Read through the problem about lying at the cinema and giving in to peer pressure. Children to give their opinions on the matter. Discuss Jewish interpretations.
- Discuss different issues involving peer pressure – Display pictures of different things that children might feel pressurised to do by their peers. Discuss each picture and how it might be difficult to say no to your friends. Prompt with questions such as: what should you do? What can you do? What are the options? Are they really your friends?
Ask children if they would like to share any stories about when they have been under pressure to do things that they didn’t want to do.
- Option 1: Make an anti-peer pressure advert – Children to plan, make and act out an advert for anything involving peer pressure. The children should create a slogan, pictures, use drama and anything they wish in order to get the message across that peer pressure/that thing is wrong.
Examples: Underage smoking relating to peer pressure / Being pressured into making new friends.
- Option 2: Create an anti-peer pressure poster – Same as above, but without acting.
- Present adverts/posters – Children to perform/show their adverts/posters to the rest of the class.