Helping teens navigate peer relationships take and teach lesson
As children move into the teen years, they naturally shift focus from their family to friends and acquaintances their own age — their peers. However, parents still play an important role in their children’s lives and can help them navigate the sometimes complex world of peer relationships.
- 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; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lesson plan resources
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) — Provides guidelines for facilitating workshops and teaching parents.
- Research overview for facilitators (PDF) — Reviews recent research on the topic of teenagers and peer relationships.
- Facilitator’s guide (PDF) — Comprehensive guide that will help you facilitate the lesson.
- Presentation (PDF) — Presentation that can be used in the delivery of the lesson.
- Presentation notes for facilitators (PDF) — Facilitation handout that shows the corresponding slide notes for each presentation slide.
- Resources for facilitators (PDF) — List of books and website resources for facilitators who may want additional background on teens and peer relationships.
- Comprehensive reference list (PDF) — Citations of the 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) — Handout that shows 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) — Take-home handout for parents who want more background on peer relationships and tips for helping their teens effectively handle them.
- Resources for parents and teens (PDF) — List of books and website resources for parents, caregivers, and teens who want more information on peer relationships.
- Friends are everything: scenarios on peer relationships (PDF) — Handout that facilitates 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) — Provides advice for parents on helping their teens effectively 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 — Gives parents and caregivers of teens background on the topic of handling peer relationships. Part of the Teen talk fact sheet series.
Teens and risk-taking — Part of the Teen talk fact sheet series, this handout provides participants background on the topic of teens and risk-taking.
Talking about substance abuse — Advice on talking to teens and young adults about alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs.
Research: relationships — Research summary for professionals on how to enhance student's performance through positive relationships.