10th Nov 2015
Stand Up To Peer Pressure
Sarah Baker wants to show young people that they don’t have to give in to peer pressure, especially if it means doing something they’re not comfortable with.
The 18-year-old and her team from Wakefield are concerned that others their age may make bad choices because they’re worried they won’t fit in if they don’t follow the crowd.
‘We wanted to do this project because we can all relate to it. Everyone has been peer pressured at least once in their life,’ Sarah explains.
‘People think they have to succumb to peer pressure because otherwise they’re not cool and they’ll get abused for it.’
With Fixers, the group have helped create a film to get their message across.
It focuses on the peer pressure associated with online challenges, where young people are encouraged to take part in a specific activity and post the results on social media.
At the start, the characters in the film are seen completing light-hearted challenges including the ‘No Make-Up Selfie’, but this quickly escalates.
By the end, they’re being pressured to take part in harmful activities that could pose a serious risk to their health.
The film ends with a plea for young people to know what they’re getting themselves into, and if it’s dangerous or stupid ‘just don’t do it’.
Watch the group’s Fixers film at the top of this page.
‘I think the film is fantastic,’ says Sarah.
‘It really grabs the viewer’s attention, but gets the message out there too.’
Sarah and her team hope to show their film locally, as well as sharing it on social media to reach as wide an audience as possible.
‘Our message is to stand up to peer pressure,’ she adds.
‘Don’t think you’re not cool just because you’re not doing a certain challenge.
‘Think before you do. All actions have consequences.’
To find other resources on this topic, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below.