Risky behaviour can have a number of impacts, depending on what the behaviour is. Some examples of risky behaviour are:
- Taking drugs
- Having unprotected or underage sex
- Engaging in criminal acts, such as stealing
Although taking risks can be a normal part of life, there gets to a point where these risks can be a danger to our health. It's more likely that teenagers will be taking part in these risky behaviours.
So, what is the impact of risky behaviour?
Risky behaviour can result in things that might not only harm the person taking the risk but also other people around them. What about friends, family, or even strangers? And what about legal impacts? What happens if the person who is involved in the risky behaviour goes to prison? These are many impacts of the behaviour that a lot of teenagers don't think about. They could even have lasting effects like permanent lung or liver damage.
Here's a video made by a school that demonstrates some of the effects of risky behaviour:
What to think about when making a decision about a risky behaviour
There are a few questions that someone can ask themselves if they are thinking about doing something that could be risky:
- Reflection - asking yourself "If I do this, what will it mean?"
- Thinking about the consequences of the risky behaviour
- Thinking about how the behaviour will affect family or friends
And last of all...
Thinking about how taking the risk will impact the person themselves.
Finally, you might find it useful to have a look at the similar questions asked here: http://society-politics.blurtit.com/4244912/what-are-the-negative-impacts-of-youth-risk-behaviour