4 ways to say no
It can be hard to say 'no' to your friends, especially when they're all joining in.
Sometimes it can feel like you have to do what they tell you to in order to be accepted. It can make you feel scared and alone.
It's not okay for friends to pressure you like this. And it's not your fault. Try these tips to help:
1. Say it with confidence
Be assertive. Practise saying 'no' so that it's easier when someone asks. Avoid situations which feel unsafe or uncomfortable. You could explain that you're going to pay for something instead of stealing it.
2. Try not to judge them
By respecting their choices, they should respect yours.
3. Spend time with friends who can say 'no'
It takes confidence to say no to your friends. You could try seeing how your other friends stand up to peer pressure and you can try this too.
4. Suggest something else to do
If you don't feel comfortable doing what your friends are doing, why not suggest something you could do instead.