Helping teens navigate peer relationships take and teach lesson
- Looking for ideas and information to share with parents and other adult caregivers of teens, so that they can help teens cultivate and maintain healthy peer relationships?
- Looking for tips to help teens resist peer pressure to engage in harmful or risky behavior?
- Looking for a comprehensive lesson plan to teach parents and caregivers on the topic of peer relationships that can also be adapted for delivery to a teen audience?
If so, then the Helping teens navigate peer relationships take and teach lesson is for you!
Download the “Lesson Plan Resources” linked below to get started today. The complete lesson will take between 60 and 90 minutes to teach, depending if you decide to use one, two, or three activities.
All lesson resources were developed by Jodi Dworkin, Extension Specialist and Associate Professor — Family Social Science, and colleagues as noted. For more information on this lesson plan, please contact the author (612-624-3732; email@example.com).
As children move into the teen years, they experience a lot of changes. Teens shift focus from their family to friends and others their own age – their peers. Parents still play an important role in their children’s lives. They can help children navigate the sometimes complex world of peer relationships.
This take and teach lesson can help you teach parents and other adult caregivers of teens on this topic. Download the lesson plan resources linked below to get started today.
The complete lesson will take between 60 and 90 minutes to teach. The exact length will depend how many activities you offer.
For more information on this lesson plan, contact Jodi Dworkin (612-624-3732; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Facilitators will need to download and/or print one copy of the following resources for their use in delivering the Helping teens navigate peer relationships take and teach lesson:
- Setting the stage for your workshop (PDF) — Guidelines for facilitating workshops and teaching parents.
- Research overview for facilitators (PDF) — Research on the topic of teenagers and peer relationships.
- Facilitator’s guide (PDF) — Guide that will help you facilitate the lesson.
- Presentation (PDF) — Presentation to use in the delivery of the lesson.
- Presentation notes for facilitators (PDF) — Handout that shows the corresponding slide notes for each presentation slide.
- Resources for facilitators (PDF) — Resources for facilitators who may want additional background on teens and peer relationships.
- Comprehensive reference list (PDF) — Sources that were used to develop this lesson.
For facilitators and participants
Facilitators will need to print one copy of the following resources for each of their Helping teens navigate peer relationships take and teach lesson participants:
- Presentation for participants (PDF) — Copy of the presentation slides, with space for participants to take notes if desired.
- Evaluation form (PDF) — Collects participant feedback about delivered lesson.
- Peers, cliques, and crowds: What do they mean for my teen? (PDF) — Background on peer relationships and tips for helping teens effectively handle them.
- Resources for parents and teens (PDF) — Resources on peer relationships for parents, caregivers, and teens.
- Friends are everything: scenarios on peer relationships (PDF) —
Facilitate a discussion about peer relationship scenarios from both parents’ and teens’ points of views. Facilitators will also need a copy of this handout.
- Peers and peer pressure: True or false? (PDF) — Quiz and answer key on the topics of teens and peer relationships. Participants will need a copy of the quiz only. Facilitators will need a copy of both the quiz and the answer key.
- Parents, you can help! (PDF) — Advice for parents on helping their teens handle peer relationships and develop skills to become healthy, independent-thinking adults. Facilitators will also need a copy of this handout.
- But everybody’s doin' it: Talking to teens about decision taking — Background on the topic of handling peer relationships. Part of the Teen talk fact sheet series.