Activity Introduction

Quick summary: We have a complex relationship with our mobile phones that is more than screen deep. Mobile phone use and the impact it has had upon society is a contemporary social issue with far-reaching effects on our community’s safety, health and wellbeing. In this lesson, students will attempt a set of brainteasers to explore multitasking and the effect it has on our ability to perform a task. Students will consider information about reaction time when driving and the dangers that driving while distracted can present. They will then imagine that they are raising the issue of driving while distracted with a friend and consider how they would go about encouraging their friend to consider the wider health and wellbeing implications of doing so.


It’s People Like Us is a documentary film created as part of the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) Towards Zero road safety strategy. It explores society’s relationship with mobile phones – especially the use of them while driving – and the responsibility that we all have to keep ourselves and each other safe on the roads.


Learning intentions:

  • Students understand how the use of mobile phones whilst driving impacts upon our health and wellbeing.
  • Students can talk to others about safe and healthy mobile phone use.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education

  • Evaluate health information and communicate their own and others’ health concerns (ACPPS076) 

Relevant parts of Year7 & 8 Health and Physical Education achievement standards: Students demonstrate skills to make informed decisions, and propose and implement actions that promote their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.

Topic: Social Issues.

Unit of work: It’s People Like Us – Health and Physical Education.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – printed, one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Students’ personal mobile phones/devices. Factsheet: The Impact of Distractions on Safe Driving (printed), one per student.

Keywords: Distractions, documentary film, driver training, health and wellbeing. inattentional blindness, It’s People Like Us, mobile phones, multitasking, personal responsibility, road safety, ‘The Fog’, young people.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand how the use of mobile phones whilst driving impacts upon our health and wellbeing.
  • Students can talk to others about safe and healthy mobile phone use.

Success criteria:

  • Students can explain why using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous.
  • Students can have a conversation about safe mobile phone use.

Teacher content information: By the end of today, most of us will have checked our phones over 150 times: on the toilet, in the car or at the dinner table. But, have we ever stopped to ask ourselves - is there a time and a place? Is our mobile phone use affecting our health and wellbeing?

It’s People Like Us is a 22 minute documentary that follows five real Australians who, just like us, have found themselves drawn into their screens, sometimes at the expense of common sense and self preservation.

The documentary forms part of the TAC's ‘Towards Zero’ vision for a future free of deaths and serious injur

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds means that at 50km/h you'd travel blind for 27 metres.

1. List as many examples of multitasking as you can think of (from your own experiences or from something you’ve have observed others doing):

2. Summarise what you understand 'The Fog' to be by drawing an interpretation:












3. Fill in the last column of the table below:

Travel Speed Distraction Time Distance Travelled Something that is the same length:
40 km/h 2 seconds 22.22. metres
50 km/h 2 seconds 27.78 metres
60 km/h 2 seconds 33.33 metres
80 km/h 2 seconds 44.44 metres
100 km/h 2 seconds 55.56 metres


4. Create a mind-map to illustrate the connections between the distractions you have learned about, the people that can be affected and the effect the distractions can have (especially on the health and wellbeing of each person or group).










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