With the onset of technology and the increased ease of communication, the youth today is closer to their friends and acquaintances than ever before. Thanks to smart phones, WiFi accessibility and social networks such as Facebook, young people particularly teenagers are now more influenced by their peers compared to the previous generations. This has, in turn, increased the peer pressure they face significantly which has also lead to issues like cyber bullying.
The age group most affected by peer pressure consists of children in their pre-teen or early teens, to about 16 years old. These children are new to the privacy they are given and are the least likely to consult parents, seek their advice or ask them for help. Often, parents find out about the peer pressure their children are facing through teachers or a friend or family member the children trusts. Given the circumstances, it is often a good idea to allow your children some electronic therapy or e-therapy so they can figure a way out to deal with peer pressure healthily. Here are a few benefits of why e-therapy sessions may be the best option for your adolescent child.
- Privacy maintained
Adolescents who fall prey to such peer pressure often feel that when parents interfere in such cases, they no longer have the right to their privacy. One reason for this is that parents do interfere in a way that feels invasive to children. E-therapy allows for this privacy to be maintained and can provide a guide for parents as well as children to deal with the problem effectively. It also allows for their sense of privacy to be maintained as all communication is restricted between the therapist and the child.
This is one of the largest benefits of E-therapy. While parents tend to consider their own child a victim, they forget to consider that their child may be responsible for a certain behavior as well.Rather, they believe the impact on their kid is a result of “bad” company. A third party, in this case, can be helpful in analyzing the situation, inducing corrective behavior, and trying to explain the child’s demeaned in a manner which is easy for parents to understand.
- At home
Even in modern times where mental illnesses are so common, going to a therapist or a psychiatrist is highly stigmatized. Particularly in the case where a child may face peer pressure, this can certainly increase the intensity of the pressure if the peers were to know that their friend was going for therapy. E-therapy allows for corrective action to be induced in privacy and also helps save any traveling time and cost.
- On your own time
E-therapy sessions can be set up anytime of the day, as per the convenience of the patient or the child. This means that parents do not have to disrupt the child’s routine or bed time and thus requires little adjustment. Moreover, it allows the child to contact the therapist at any time and can help them face their problems in real time, resulting in effective solutions.
- Open communication
Children and adults alike, are more comfortable today communicating electronically rather than face to face. This is certainly helpful in situations where the topic is difficult for one or both parties. In a case of peer pressure, electronic communication can be very helpful in allowing the adolescent to communicate effectively and comfortably without losing their cool.
These are some of the most important benefits of opting for e-therapy sessions when facing peer pressure, whether positive or negative. However, parents need to make sure the e-therapist does keep them in the loop as well so that if a situation is brimming on the edge of something extreme, it can be handled.