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Designed by a mental health center, this presentation is meant to educate educators how to help teens face peer pressure. Tips are provided for identifying at-risk youth and bullying situations. This would be a poignant topic to include in a professional development session with your school faculty and staff.
Students examine peer pressure as it relates to sex. They watch and discuss a video, identify messages and values they receive from different groups, develop a list of their own personal values related to sex, and design a brochure or poster.
Students explore the influence of classmates and friends in their daily decisions. They see the impact of having friends who smoke in their personal decision of smoking. Students practice how to say NO to activities they don't want to do or they believe are inappropriate.
This instructional activity contains sensitive material, please review to ensure that the content is suitable for your class. Small discussion groups explore ways to establish boundaries, make positive decisions, and respect others when confronted with sexual pressures. They view and discuss the video,"Reality Matters: Sexual Pressures" then role play a talk with parents about sex.
Students examine the Kyrgyzstan bride kidnappings and compare wedding traditions there with those in the United States. They explain these differences and similarities in a fictitious letter to a peer in Kyrgyzstan.
Eighth graders discuss making the wrong decisions because of peer pressure and the consequences of those actions. As a class, they identify the positive and negative consequences based on a variety of scenerios. To end the instructional activity, they complete a personal plan worksheet for them to reference.
Saying no to sex means an individual has the power to decide when he/she is ready to engage in the act, on his/her own terms. Pupils discuss waiting until they are married to have sex, what sexual values are, and how to say no to sexual peer pressure. Note: This lesson does have a bias toward waiting till marriage.
Seventh graders take a survey to determine their attitudes toward sexuality. In groups, they identify female and male reproductive organs and develop a list of secondary sex traits during puberty. They also discuss the stages of the menstrual cycle and how the fetus develops. To end the lesson, they discuss how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
Young scholars examine the reasons people use alcohol and discuss the negative things that can happen when mixing sex and alcohol. In this lesson on risky behavior, students explore the ways in which they can reduce the risks involved when mixing sex and alcohol. Young scholars read Veronica's Story and work in groups to brainstorm questions for a deeper discussion on the topic.
Students work together to brainstorm dialogues intended to persuade another person to engage in a sexual activity. They supply creative and persuasive refusals to these requests.
Students engage in activities designed to increase self esteem, self awareness and human sexuality. They engage in a variety of activities to encourage active participation, introspection, stating and examining values, gaining factual knowledge, correcting misinformation, evaluating the effect of the media on their lifestyle, and practice at decision making.
One of three lessons on gender stereotype, this resource from the Media Awareness Network discusses the violence that is inflicted on men and women as they try to live up to the stereotypes of their gender. The section on women focuses on the self-violence of eating disorders caused by a dangerous obsession to meet ideals set by media. The male stereotype discussed covers expectations of masculinity and how it leads to violence like hazing. The resource contains three articles on these topic.
Students define abstinence and discuss its importance. In this abstinence lesson, students work in groups to brainstorm why teens might not have sex.  Students share their reasons and discuss abstinence.
Many teen girls and boys experience great pressure to keep up online appearances. Work together as a class to consider the effect of photos on social networking sites, and invite your learners to reflect on such important concepts as double standards and judgment.
Ninth graders use the internet to research the effects of alcohol and marijuana. They present strategies for resisting peer pressure.
Pupils begin their examination of the changes their body is going to go through during puberty. In groups of boys and girls, they discover their experiences during puberty are going to be very different from one another. As a class, they discuss the consequences of having unprotected sex and role-play various scenerios to end the instructional activity.
Seventh graders review how to make positive decisions regarding their sexual behavior. As a class, they discuss abstinence is the best policy however focus on those who choose not to abstain and their options. They use the Internet and participate in various scenarios to discover what option is best for them.
Students analyze the effect of holding misconstrued beliefs about their peers and the impact it has on their own decisions. In this social norms lesson, students study handouts, engage in discussion and problem solve cases concerning smoking and the pressure to have sex.
Students examine the different types of information available to adolescents. They analyze the decision making process of adolescents and examine the basis for egocentric thought. They analyze to what degree peer pressure affects adolescent decisions.

New Review Examine the Media

Take a look at media though a critical lens. Class members cut out images of women from magazines and conduct a gallery walk, considering the portrayal of women and men in these images. They then read an article and discuss the content and images in small groups. Close the class with a general discussion and by coming up with plans to take a stand against the objectification of women.

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