Staying In or Standing Out
A Video Story and Activities to Combat Peer Pressure for Young People Aged 8 to 12
- Simon Firth - Writer and Actor, London
The project discusses the conflict between individuality and peer approval related to social and achievement issues in school and the community.
This video is a recording of a live storytelling with use of art backdrops in which Simon shows how peer pressure can face young people with the choice - either:
o to conform, even when they know the behaviour is wrong or dangerous or
o stand out and risk rejection and even ridicule from their peers.
The example used is smoking and the misuse of substances but the message applies to a wide range of unsocial or dangerous behaviours.
Simon's follow-up notes and activities suggest ways in which the video can be incorporated into the PSHE curriculum.
Simon is an author and storyteller who has provided enchanting, challenging and unique experiences for thousands of children. Many local education authorities have commissioned him to work in primary schools on projects that include bullying, child protection, racism and peer relationships. His live performances are followed by Circle Time activities that help children relate the stories to their own lives.