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Ways to avoid risk-taking behaviour.

Updated: Nov 15, 2020

Risk-taking behaviour usually refers to behaviour that may not necessarily have a positive outcome. Deciding to take part in risk-taking behaviour may have long term consequences for the person involved and may even put others lives in danger.

What could the young person do?

  • The young person could talk to their parents/teacher/an adult they trust and share with them their concerns and worries about risk-taking behaviour.

  • The young person could weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of the risk-taking decision to see what the outcome may be.

  • The young person could choose friends carefully and avoid people who do not accept them for who they are.

  • The young person could take up a new hobby and spend time with like-minded people.

How can parents help?

A young person may talk to their parents before engaging in risky behaviour as the parents have the young person’s best interests at heart and may be able to give good advice.

Parents were also young once and could offer advice on how to deal with the situation to minimise the risk.

Parents may offer practical ways to avoid the situation altogether and avoid the risky behaviour and potential harm by giving ways that the young person could take a stand against peer pressure.

Parents could set sanctions/boundaries as parents understand the seriousness of risk taking behaviour and if the young person is aware of the sanctions, this may help the young person make better choices and avoid potential harm.


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