Fitting In

A Video-Based Program About Peer Relationships and Peer Influences

Our Fitting In educational video follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, In A Flash. This fresh new educational video on peer pressure was developed in response to teachers' and counselors' requests for a tool to help youth explore issues related to the pressures they feel everyday to "fit in" and find acceptance.

The message of this appealing new video program, geared toward middle school-aged students, is that you can be part of a group without losing parts of yourself–you don't need to resort to drinking, using drugs, smoking, harmful dieting, stealing, purposely failing, or belittling others to fit in or feel good. It is accompanied by a twenty-four page resource guide that provides:

  • Background information and leader's notes that offer additional facts.
  • Questions that help stimulate group discussion with students.
  • Suggestions for integrating the program into several curricular areas.
  • Classroom activities and handouts to complete and/or take home.

The Fitting In video is the core of the peer pressure program. The story centers on Mike, a likable and social teenager who sets out to discover how kids can fit in without giving in to risky behaviors. We follow Mike through the school day as he encounters tough situations young people in America confront frequently.

Throughout the video, open-ended scenarios are presented to serve as springboards for group discussion. The facilitator is encouraged to stop the tape after each scenario to lead program participants through discussions based on questions listed in the resource guide. The facilitator may opt to offer three supplemental, "Take It Further" sessions on "Positive Peer Pressure, Feeling Peer Pressure, and Making Decisions."

Program Objectives

After viewing the Fitting In video, participating in class discussion sessions, and completing the three supplemental activities, students will be able to:

  • identify the aspects of peer pressure to which they may be susceptible.
  • understand the risks and consequences involved in decision-making to help them develop better problem-solving skills.
  • list steps to take when rejected by a group.
  • recognize the positive aspects of peer pressure.
  • understand the legal, social, and moral implications of breaking the law.
  • list alternatives to giving up values to fit into a group.

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“The situations presented in the movie, Fitting In, are so common. I liked how the movie portrayed certain decision points and encouraged the courage it takes to be different. It also emphasized that differences should be appreciated, not discouraged. It is very hard for adolescents to make behavior changes they truly believe in that may not be consistent with the group norm. The video offers them support and encouragement for making these difficult decisions. It also emphasizes the importance of good grades and doing the very best that you are able to do.”

Laura Amatea, EdS
Guidance Counselor
Hillcrest Public School
Ocala, Florida

“It will be an excellent addition to use in our character education program.”

Robert E. Jordan
Assistant Superintendent
Greeneville City Schools
Greeneville, Tennessee

“Just a quick line to say the video “Fitting In” is a great one.”

Herman Norris
Assistant Principal
Eveimor High School
Eveimor, Texas

“Thank you so much for providing our school with the video, Fitting In. It is an excellent program, and the students seem to relate very well with the characters portrayed. As a school counselor, I truly appreciate finding appropriate and well-made materials for middle school students (ESPECIALLY for FREE!!).

Heather Sanford
School Counselor
Cloud Peak Middle School
Basin, Wyoming

“ As you are aware, students in the 6th grade are faced with peer pressure everyday. They are likely to continue to experience this pressure. Thank you so much for the opportunity to receive the free video and educate my students on dealing with peer pressure.”

Ken Levering
School Counselor
P.S. du Pont Elementary School
Wilmington, Delaware

“ The information in this video will be perfect for our seventh and eight grade mid-level-program, a group of students who struggle academically and socially.”

Deborah Grow Ruszat
Guidance Counselor
Holdingford Public School
Holdinford, Minnesota

“Your association's video “Fitting In” has been an excellent educational tool in our Youth At Risk programming. I've never had the students I work with be so attentive when watching a so-called video (s) that's good for them. What really impressed me was how well the youth participated in the discussion afterward, (What usually takes thirty minutes lasted ninety minutes.).”

Walter M. Battle
Associate Extension Agent
Agricultural Extension Service
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Knoxville, Tennessee