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LEGAL & HEALTH ISSUES RELATED TO RISK-TAKING BEHAVIOUR
Years 11 & 12 Band, Health & Physical Education
Alcohol & Other Drugs
Food & Nutrition
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Legal & health issues related to risk-taking behaviour - 45 minutes
1. Identifying risk taking behaviours
2. Legal & health responses to some risk-taking behaviours
Close - out of session assignment allocated
SUGGESTED SESSION TIME ALLOCATIONS:
NOTE ON FLEXIBILITY:
Teachers may prefer to allocate 2 or more 45 minute sessions to this module, to allow students more time to respond online and re-watch videos. This would be particularly relevant, if additional, longer-term projects were determined as useful to consolidate and share knowledge and findings in the wider community.
LEGAL & HEALTH ISSUES RELATED TO
It is important for teachers & facilitators to understand that social and emotional learning fosters the ability to make positive choices about how we behave. As teens, students need to build up the ‘tool kit’ of life skills to strengthen their decision-making skills.
reflecting & analysing
These can be incorporated through the segment via online group discussion. Additionally, when face to face group opportunities present themselves use may be made in pedagogy such as role-play, debating, presentations at assemblies, and local community groups. Teachers will also know that our experiences and actions affect the way our brains develop and positive role models and interactions from family members and others such as club leaders, coaches, teachers, friends and social groups.
Quality feedback, reactions and experiential learning add to the teen’s ‘tool kit’ by helping them to learn:
• Strategies for relating and interacting with others
• Assertive behaviour skill
• How to establish and manage changing relationships – offline and online
• General health and wellbeing activities
• What impact Social / emotional health has on general well being
• Observe real resilience skills in action that support resilient behaviour
• See how others demonstrate coping skills and help seeking strategies
Topic 1 - Identifying risk-taking behaviours
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS & FACILITATORS
Healthy risk-taking is a valuable experience. It is one that has the possibility of failure, but is also rewarding and relatively safe.
Healthy risks that are good to encourage in teens include new activities such as:
artistic & creative abilities (theatre, dance, music),
making new friends, and/or
entering competitions (academic or athletic).
Unhealthy risk-taking behaviour includes:
driving too fast,
texting or talking on the phone while driving,
smoking, alcohol and illicit drug consumption,
gang activity, or
It should be noted that although many adults interpret teenage risk taking as an act of rebellion, it rarely is. Rather risk taking in adolescence has much more to do with identity formation and self-definition than it does with making a statement about parents or society.
Source: Understanding Teenagers
ONLINE CLASSROOM TASK ONE
Brainstorm risky behaviour with students.
The list may include some healthy behaviours and some that are unhealthy or dangerous. Talk about the harms that could be caused by unhealthy risky behaviour.
ONLINE CLASSROOM TASK TWO
Watch and discuss why marijuana is dangerous these days and should not be legalised.
Teens & risk-taking
Ask students to add their ideas to those discussed in the video. Some may like to share their experiences. It would be good to get some of their thoughts on how they decline the offers of others who might want them to do something they are uncomfortable with.
Topic 2 - Legal & health responses to some risk taking behaviours
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS / FACILITATORS
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Alcohol & illicit drug consumption
Stealing & gang activity
ONLINE CLASSROOM TASK ONE
Students choose a topic based on the above list and present findings via powerpoint or video presentation. Out of session time allocation may be needed. A group project could be developed, putting the finding together in a brochure/s to distribute to other year levels in the school.