A teenager may indulge in criminal activities
due to peer pressure. Read on to know how can peer pressure lead to crime and
ways to prevent crime in your teenager.
There are umpteen reasons on what can
lead a teen to commit a crime, and more often than not it is found that peer
pressure plays a prominent role in it. Teenage is a stage when the individual
is developing and learning through exploration. They are young, inexperienced
and yet to become mature. Thereby, the possibilities of misjudging a situation
and taking wrong decisions are innumerable. These are some reasons why teens
end up committing crimes under peer pressure.
Often it is difficult to make the teen
responsible for the criminal act which he commits as he is not yet fully
evolved mentally to make the correct decision or use his discretion with the
desired understanding. So measures must be taken so as to prevent acts of crime
or potential crimes
under peer pressure by teens.
Often in today’s society crime is a part
of the regular life. Like, there are cities where violence is an everyday
affair. Like for instance, there are scuffles, shootouts, gang wars and so on.
Even domestic crimes in myriad forms can prove to be a harmful and negative
environment for the kid to grow up. Such conditions enhance the chances of the
teen to fall victim to commit criminal activities under peer
pressure. Besides such an environment also
fosters the birth and functioning of peer groups that indulge in violence.
follow the behaviours, look and acts of their role models. If the role model
happens to be a negative one, it is possible that the teen would indulge in
crime either under peer pressure readily, or commit it solo. As teens it is not
easy for them to understand the implication of law and legal regulations for
certain acts, so they may misjudge the impact of the criminal offense right at
the beginning. Peers often instill a false belief that if they do such an act
together, they can escape being caught.
Dependence on Peers
If the peer group is a negative one, it
is quite possible for the teen to get involved in criminal activities easily.
The first reason being that they might be bullied
to become a member of the peer group as otherwise, they might be isolated and
labelled as ‘uncool’. So in order to fit in, they give in and become an active
participant. They also validate their ideas by the peer group and shape their
thoughts as per the dictates of the peer group.
Given such a situation, it can be pretty
challenging to control the peer pressure and crime relationship. Through
effective parenting and guidance, this can be achieved. Put an end to
aggression right at the beginning. Teach the teen to control his emotions and
anger, help him learn how to exercise restraint. The first point to keep in
mind here is that, you should become a good role model yourself. You must not
lose your temper and maintain calm.
You can help the teen learn a lot
through your composure and patient
attitude. Advise him to practice exercises
like meditation or yoga sessions, even regular physical workouts or sports so
that he can effectively control his emotions when provoked. Teach him that
issues can be resolved through peaceful communications too.