Some kids give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked, to fit in, or because they worry that other kids may make fun of them if they do not go along with the group.
Others may go along because they are curious to try something new that others are doing.
The intensity of peer pressure differs from situation to situation.
Depending on the group trying to apply the influence, peer pressure can be negative or positive.
Starting in middle school, children begin to spend more time with their friends and less time with their parents and family .
Children will spend a lot of time with friends in their clique, interacting by going to the movies or the mall, talking on the telephone, or chatting online with instant messaging.
They know which kids belong to particular cliques and who the loners are.
Within the cliques, talk about the opposite sex is popular as is making arrangements for out of school activities.