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  • 1. Grade 9 | Unit 9.1 | Page 7 Unit 9.1 Transparency 1 - page i Hi there… Remember me? My name is Joe. In Grades 7 and 8 you read in a really cool comic about the problems I ran into … I didn’t know how to make good decisions about how to spend my leisure time. When I first started to gamble and win money, it was exciting. I got a big thrill out of betting on dice and soccer games. However, the more I got involved in gambling, the more my problems grew and the more money I lost. I didn’t realize that I was getting deeper and deeper into a high-risk situation. Since then I have learnt from my uncle Enoch, who is a teacher, how to make sensible decisions about risky behaviour. He showed me that risky behaviour is likely to be dangerous because it has a high probability of bad consequences. Now I know all about the problems my gambling caused me and my mother. I’m young and I like taking chances, but I hope that in future I’ll be able take my chances more wisely! • How will knowing about risk-taking behaviour and decision-making help you?
  • 2. Grade 9 | Unit 9.1 | Page 8 Unit 9.1 Transparency 1 - page ii High-risk behaviour and consequences I’m hoping that my nephew Joe has learnt how to make sensible decisions about risky behaviour in order to reduce the probabilities of something bad happening. • What are some examples of risk-taking behaviour? • Why do these involve risk? • What makes some of these examples high-risk behaviour and others low-risk? • Why do people get involved in high-risk behaviour if they know it is likely to lead to serious problems later on? Why did my nephew Joe get involved in gambling? As he says, he got a thrill from gambling in the beginning. People take the risk because they enjoy it; it makes them feel good. This is the reward. But as with all things, there is a cost to pay for this reward.