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 is a contemporary social issue with far-reaching effects on our community’s safety, health and wellbeing. In this lesson, students will consider the experiences of one of the young people from It’s People Like Us – Karla – and her change in mindset about the joint responsibility that we all have to ensure that people are safe on the roads. Students will create a mind-map to highlight and connect people who are affected by dangerous actions on the roads, and then work together to share a message about people’s responsibility to keep each other safe on the roads. 


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 the impact of mobile phone use on society.
  • Students know that road safety is a shared responsibility.
  • Students are able to create and share a health and wellbeing message.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education

  • Plan and use health practices, behaviours and resources to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS077)

Relevant parts of Year 7&8 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 min.

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. 

Keywords: awareness campaign, distractions, documentary film, driver training, health and wellbeing. inattentional blindness, It’s People Like Us, mobile phones, multitasking, personal responsibility, road safety, 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 the impact of mobile phone use on society.
  • Students know that road safety is a shared responsibility.
  • Students are able to create and share a health and wellbeing message.

Success criteria:

  • Students can identify at least 5 different people who are at risk when a person uses a mobile phone while driving.
  • Students can plan and share a health, safety and wellbeing message with the aim of changing people’s attitudes around using mobile phones while driving.


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 t

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Safe driving saves lives.

1. Watch the following excerpt from It's People Like Us:

It's People Like Us | Full Documentary (  (2:24-2:43)  

Then, watch the next excerpt as a class:

It's People Like Us | Full Documentary ( (11:05-12:52)

2. In the space below, identify what Karla likes and dislikes about her current mobile phone use:

Likes Dislikes


3. Working in groups of four, respond to the following statement: “True or false? How we use our phones impacts our health and well being.”

4. Watch What happened to Karla? as a class.

It's People Like Us | What Happened to Karla (

Draw a simple image to describe your reaction to the clip, followed by a short sentence to describe how that image summarises your reaction:

5. Working independently or in small groups, create a mind-map that identifies and links who is affected when people use

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