Understanding Injury & Risk View lesson
This lesson introduces the topic of unintentional injury and the concept of risk. After completing a survey to assess their everyday risks for injury, students discuss what the phrase “taking a risk” means to them. They learn the definition of unintentional injury and why it is a problem for teens. They work in small groups to analyze risks teens typically take that can lead to unintentional injury, and discuss factors that can contribute to risk taking, including the role played by alcohol and other drug use, peer pressure and dares, and impulsive behaviors. Then they explore strategies for preventing or mitigating the common risks they identified earlier and consider how taking personal responsibility to prevent or mitigate risks can help teens stay safer.