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 is a contemporary social issue with far-reaching effects on our community’s safety, health and wellbeing. In this lesson, students watch a short clip featuring Associate Professor Mike Arnold comparing the impact of mobile phones on society with the impact of the introduction of rabbits on Australia’s ecosystem. Students relate this idea to their own lives by using a continuum to show how much attention they pay to their phone. They use a diary to record the amount of time they spend using their phone on a typical day then watch an excerpt from It’s People Like Us that highlights people using their phones while driving. Students reflect on their own phone use habits, the health and wellbeing implications of those habits and any changes they would need to make before they start driving a car.
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.
- Students know how much they use their mobile phones.
- Students understand that phone use can have positive and negative impacts.
- Students understand that they can make choices about how and when they use their phones.
- Students understand that road safety is a shared responsibility.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education
- Critically analyse and apply health information from a range of sources to health decisions and situations (ACPPS095)
Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 achievement standards: Students apply decision-making and problem-solving skills when taking action to enhance 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 discussions.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – (printed) one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Students’ personal mobile phones/devices, Daily Phone Use Record (printed) one per student.
Keywords: distractions, documentary film, driver training, ecosystem, health and wellbeing, inattentional blindness, It’s People Like Us, mobile phones, multitasking, personal reflection, personal responsibility, positive choices, road safety, wellbeing, young people.
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