Risk Behaviour Memorandum
Grade 11 Life Orientation Term 3 Project focuses on risks that affect the health and safety of Grade 11 students. This memorandum outlines various risk behaviours and their effects, as well as offering advice on how to mitigate the risks.
Effects of Risky Behaviour
Unhealthy or potentially dangerous behaviors can have a variety of effects. These can include:
- Physical effects: These include illnesses, health problems, injuries, etc.
- Mental/emotional effects: These often come in the form of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
- Social effects: These include social isolation and not feeling like you fit in with other people.
Risky behaviours come in many forms, including:
- Substance misuse: The misuse of drugs and alcohol can lead to serious long-term health problems.
- Sex and relationships: Unsafe sex behaviours can lead to infections, unplanned pregnancies and other health issues.
- Gambling: Gambling can lead to financial issues, addictions, and mental health issues.
- Distracted driving: This includes using a cell phone, eating and drinking while driving, or any other type of distracted driving.
To mitigate the risks associated with risky behaviour, it is important to:
- Educate yourself: Taking the time to learn about the risks associated with certain unhealthy behaviours can help you avoid them in the first place.
- Set boundaries: It is important to be clear about what behaviours you are and are not comfortable with.
- Engage in healthy activities: Doing activities like exercise, hobbies, and spending time with positive people can help keep you away from risky behaviours.
- Get help: If you find yourself struggling with an addiction or unhealthy behaviour, talking to a counsellor or professional can help.
Taking the time to educate yourself, setting boundaries, engaging in healthy activities, and getting help are all important when it comes to avoiding or mitigating the risks associated with risky behaviours. By following these tips and taking the time to understand the risks, you can take steps to protect your health and safety. The risk behaviour memorandum for Grade 11 Learners in term 3 of the Life Orientation Subject seeks to provide guidance and direction to learners on how to identify, avoid, and manage the risks associated with engaging in certain behaviours.
One of the greatest risks that Grade 11 Learners may face is the risk of not engaging in healthy and safe behaviours. Risk taking can lead to a range of negative outcomes, such as injury, poor decision-making, embarrassment, and even legal consequences. To reduce this likelihood, learners must be mindful of their personal behaviour choices and participate in activities that are not overly risky.
This memorandum serves to outline how learners can identify common risk behaviours, how to avoid them, and how to manage any potential risks.
Identifying Risk Behaviours: Learners should be aware of any behaviours that have the potential to be harmful to themselves or to others. These may include behaviours such as drug and alcohol use, smoking, engaging in high-risk activities such as extreme sports, or crossing boundaries with peers.
Avoiding Risk Behaviours: Learners should always strive to make informed, healthy, and safe decisions. They should think carefully about any potential consequences before participating in any risky behaviours. Learners should also ensure that if they have to engage in risk taking activities that they are properly trained, supervised and equipped to do so.
Managing Risk Behaviours: If a Learner has already been exposed to a risk behaviour, such as drug or alcohol use, they should talk to somebody they trust and seek out professional help if necessary. Learners should also take steps to limit any further risk by seeking out help and advice to steer away from future risky behaviours.
In conclusion, this memorandum serves to provide guidance and direction to learners on how to identify and manage the risks associated with certain behaviours. We urge every learner to carefully consider their individual behaviour choices to prevent any risks and to ensure a healthy and safe outcome.