Facts about School Friendships
Peer pressure: good or bad? How friendships can help children get better grades.
What You Need To Know
Every year at school, things change. First Grade might feel like a leap for your child, but every September, there’s another step. New teachers, new classrooms, new starting times, new rules, new books, and new classmates are just a few of the elements which can alter from year to year in elementary school. Studies indicate that if your child is able to handle these changes with confidence and skill, he or she is likely to perform better at school.
Your child’s friendships are particularly vital in adjusting to new grade levels or schools. ‘Peer pressure’ is sometimes associated with disruptive behavior, but it all depends on the peers. If your child’s friends work hard and enjoy school, he or she is more likely to do the same. Peer pressure can work to encourage better attendance and higher grades. The reverse is also true. If your child’s friends have behavioral problems, your child is more likely to follow their lead. There is a lot of research that suggests what an important role interpersonal relationships play.
Studies show how important strong friendships can be to children’s performance:
- Children can be motivated by their relationships with peers and teachers.
- Learning can be enhanced in classes where children are more closely involved.
- Lonely children perform less well at school.
- Students who have friends with behavioral problems tended to suffer from similar problems themselves later.
- Peer pressure can work both positively and negatively.
- Stable friendships can help students shift between grades and schools.
- Students with lasting high-quality friendships are more sociable and better leaders. Note that school adjustment is connected to the depth of friendships, not having lots of friends.
Your child’s peers will have a big influence to play in his or her adjustments to new grades, classes, and schools. Making good friends can be beneficial not only on a social level, but also have an academic impact.
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