SWAG is an acronym that represents the steps you need to resist peer pressure.
STOP and SAY NO
People should respect you as soon as you STOP and SAY NO. If they continue to pressure you — you have every right to leave.
Give a reason WHY you want to WAIT
After you say no, you can give your partner a reason why. Some examples might be:
I’m just not ready.
I’m not ready to be a parent.
I don’t want to worry about STD’s.
Our relationship is fine without sex.
If you are experiencing pressure to drugs or alcohol, some examples might include:
I don’t want to put that junk in my body.
I don’t need that stuff to have a good time.
I could get in serious trouble for doing this.
I care way too much about my future and don’t want to mess it up by doing this.
REMEMBER: It’s OK to say you don’t want to!
AVOID the situation and offer ALTERNATIVES.
GET OUT of an unsafe situation
It can be hard to resist pressure from the people we care about or respect. SWAG is a great tool for avoiding risky situations. If you find yourself continually being pressured, reevaluate who your friends are.
Friends play a huge role in your life. So you want to choose wisely when picking your friends.
Falling into the wrong group can have serious consequences.
Developing healthy friendships can help you in a number of ways.
Positive peer pressure can motivate you to succeed and encourage you to make healthy choices. Your friends can act as positive role models. They can listen, accept and understand the frustrations, challenges and concerns you have.
A lot of people want to be accepted.
Making friends is a way to feel like you fit in. But if the friends you choose make unhealthy choices, you may feel pressured to make those same decisions. Negative peer pressure can motivate people to make unhealthy choices and engage in risky behaviors like smoking, drinking and having unprotected sex.