In trouble with the police

"My name is Martin and I'm 16. I got into a bad crowd and started getting into trouble. The boys dared me to smash my neighbour's car window. I didn't really want to do it but I thought they'd think I was a wimp. Afterwards me and my mates ran away but some neighbours saw us and the police came to my house. I was worried about what was going to happen to me. 

"The Children's Society helped set up a meeting with the man that owned the car. I didn't realise how I made the owner of the car feel. I felt really sorry for what I did after I talked to him because he was so nice, and what I did was really dumb. 

"Luckily I was able to pay the damages back to him directly so I didn't have to go to court. This meant I didn't get a criminal record, which would have made it hard for me to get a job in the future. I haven't got into trouble since and I never want to again. It's not worth it."

Some young people give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked, to fit in, or because they worry that other kids might make fun of them if they don't go along with the group. It is tough to be the only one who says "no" to peer pressure, but you can do it. Inner strength and self-confidence can help you walk away, and resist doing something when you know better, and you never know, others who haven't been brave enough to say no might follow you. Getting in trouble with the Police could effect your future and make life more difficult when you are older.