Taking Risks

Risky decisions can be good for teens. Taking risks is a normal part of growing up and becoming who you are.

Taking Risks
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Step 1: Read this short summary of the video. Use the translations if needed.


Risky decisions can be good for teens. Taking risks is a normal part of growing up and becoming who you are. Some risks are negative, like unhealthy or destructive decisions. But other risks are positive and can help you test your limits. To make good decisions about risk, think about how likely the outcome is and how big its impact will be. Remember that taking risks can lead to success, like Malala Yousafzai speaking out for girls’ education and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. So don’t be afraid to try new things and take positive risks!

Risky decisions: choices with uncertain outcomes Teens: individuals in their adolescence Growing up: process of maturing and developing Normal: typical or common Negative risks: harmful or destructive choices Unhealthy decisions: choices that harm well-being Positive risks: beneficial or advantageous choices Test your limits: push boundaries and explore abilities Good decisions: wise or advantageous choices Outcome: result or consequence Impact: effect or influence Likelihood: probability or chance Success: achievement or favorable outcome Malala Yousafzai: advocate for girls' education and Nobel laureate New things: unfamiliar or novel experiences

Step 2: Watch the Video

Step 3: Discussion

  1. How can we tell the difference between positive and negative risks?
  2. What role do emotions play when making risky decisions?
  3. What risks have you taken that turned out well?
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