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 work in groups to consider the impact of mobile phones on society and identify an associated issue that they would like to address. They will plan and run a community health, safety or wellbeing campaign to address their chosen issue. They will respond to a set of questions to reflect on the process of creating and running a campaign as well as their own learning throughout the process. 

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 will be able to identify a specific health, safety or wellbeing issue to address.
  • Students will understand what a health campaign is.
  • Students will be able to create and run a health, safety or wellbeing campaign.

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)

Year 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education

  • Plan, implement and critique strategies to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities. (ACPPS096)

Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education achievement standards: Students investigate strategies and practices that enhance their own, others’ and community health, safety and wellbeing.

Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education achievement standards: Students access, synthesise and apply health information from credible sources to propose and justify responses to health situations.

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: High – guide students through the process of creating and running a health, safety and/or wellbeing campaign in their community.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class.The Impact of Distractions on Safe Driving factsheet (one per student).

Keywords: social action campaign, behavioural change, audience, advocate, evaluate, outcome, message, It’s People Like Us.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students will be able to identify a specific health, safety and/or wellbeing issue to address.
  • Students will understand what a health, safety or wellbeing campaign is.
  • Students will be able to create and run a community health, safety and/or wellbeing campaign.

Success criteria: 

  • Students create and run a community health, safety and/or wellbeing campaign

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 futur

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Health campaigns can help to improve virtually every aspect of health and wellbeing, including disease prevention, health promotion and quality of life.

1. Watch the first 8 minutes of It’s People Like Us to re-focus on the issue of the impact of mobile phones on society.

It's People Us | Full Documentary (https://youtu.be/xnJqHhkvtNs)

2. Fill in the two lower circles in the diagram as you watch the video.

2. Find out more about the impacts of driving while distracted in this factsheet: The Impact of Distractions on Safe Driving, then fill in the top circle. Try to make connections between the observations you made in the lower part of the diagram and the information you read in the factsheet.

3. Go to the It’s People Like Us YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRxscY0LqoT8o6v0dItnZJQ), and watch one or more of the It’s People Like Us - Perspectives clips featuring extra information and commentary about the impact of mobile phones on society.

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