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Too Cool for Drugs

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Too Cool for Drugs

Written by Sharon Scott and Wayne Hindmarsh.

Nicholas and his real life friends educate kindergarten to grade four children about the harmful effects of drugs. He teaches the skills necessary to manage negative peer pressure.

Topics such as “What Drugs Are” to the “Effects Drugs Have on a Growing Body” are presented. Trained volunteers have knowledge and enthusiasm to present “TOO COOL FOR DRUGS” in a manner that will make this serious subject fun to learn.

Self-Esteem

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Self-Esteem

“Belonging” to a group of peers is important you. How we respond to negative peer pressure depends on our self-esteem. That is simply how we feel about ourselves. If we have a high self-esteem then we feel good about ourselves. On the other hand, if our self-esteem is low, we see ourselves in a negative way. When we have a low self-esteem we look to others to bring us back up.

The peer group affects the decisions that we make, what activities we try, what music we listen to, or what style of clothing we should wear. This is often done indirectly; we are not aware of it taking place. However, we can be easily led by the group to participate in activities we would not normally take part in. For example, if the group drinks and uses drugs, we tend to use drugs as well.

To avoid negative peer influence, we should begin to think and act as an individual. That is by setting our own goals and desires and not simply following others, and by thinking ahead to avoid possible problem situations.

It is important for you as an individual to feel confident with what you believe in. There are several ways you can do this:

10 Responses to Negative Peer Pressure:

  • Speak up for yourself;
  • Don’t put yourself down;
  • Remember, you are in charge of your life;
  • Stop feeling sorry for yourself;
  • Believe in yourself;
  • Be all that you can be;
  • Satisfy your needs; and
  • Be proud of yourself.

How To Say “No” To Drugs

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How To Say “No” To Drugs

It can be tough to say no to drugs sometimes, especially when it’s a friend you have to say no to. One helpful thing to remember is that even though it might feel like “everyone’s doing it,” everyone is not!

It’s really cool to be confident enough to know that you don’t want bad things in your body. It takes a lot of guts to stand up for yourself. It does take some practice though. Below are some helpful hints on what you can do if you find yourself in a situation where you need to say “no”.

Just say “NO”

“No”, “no thanks”, “that’s wrong”, “nope to dope”. They all work and are all great ways to say one main thing: “no to drugs!”

Leave

Walk away and go to a safe place (home, your classroom, a more crowded area of the playground, somewhere with an adult). Look proud about doing this; after all, you are the cool one!

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Dealing With Peer Pressure

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Dealing with Peer Pressure

What is a Peer?

A peer is someone around your age. A peer could be someone in your class at school or a friend on a sports team or in an after-school activity.

What is Negative Peer Pressure?

Negative peer pressure is when one of your peers encourages you with words to do something that is wrong, dangerous, or illegal. Examples could be cheating on schoolwork, stealing, smoking or using other drugs and alcohol.

10 Responses to Negative Peer Pressure:

  1. Simply say “NO” – “No thanks”
  2. Leave the scene.
  3. Ignore the peer(s).
  4. Make an excuse – “I can’t. I have to go do my homework.”
  5. Change the subject
  6. Make a joke – “Sorry, I have to go home…I’m expecting a call from Michael Jordan!”
  7. Act shocked – “Are you crazy? That could hurt us!”
  8. Use flattery – “You’re too smart to do that.”
  9. Suggest a better idea – “Why don’t we watch a movie instead?”
  10. Return the challenge – “What’s the matter? Too scared to do it yourself?”

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