Unfortunately, the risk involved in different activities and settings can often be poorly judged by young people and they are over-represented in every category of risk-taking resulting in injury and trauma. For more information about the different types of risks for young people, see http://www.kidshelp.com.au/grownups/news-research/hot-topics/risk-taking.php .
Shearwater's year 11 students will be taking part in the RRISK Program later this month, aimed at reducing risk-taking behaviour associated with alcohol and drug use, driving and partying. Attending RRISK extends the school-based drug education and road safety curriculum, by providing opportunities for senior High School students to further develop knowledge, attitudes and skills to reduce risk-taking, and develop safer celebrating strategies.
Over 4,300 students from more than 62 high schools from Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads will be involved in the program this year. If you have a year 11 student in your family, encourage them to attend. Research shows that RRISK is effective in reducing young driver crashes (by 44 per cent), by equipping young people with strategies and practical skills to manage risks in their social lives, and on the roads, as drivers and passengers.
Look for information about the RRISK Program on the RRISK website www.rrisk.com.au
Shearwater will also be hosting a free parent workshop by Paul Dillon, one of Australia's leading experts on youth drug and alcohol use. Paul will discuss the latest research, statistics and trends, with an emphasis on:
- Parenting in relation to alcohol and other drugs - how do we keep our young people as safe as possible
- A look at the most recent Australian Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug Survey and the National Drug Strategy Household Survey
- Other current hot topics in youth alcohol and other drug use
The workshop will be held on Tuesday November 20 in the Shearwater Hall from 6.30-8.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided. To secure a place please contact email@example.com.
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