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Injury Prevention Resources for Secondary Educators

Risk taking is inherent in the teen years. Educators can teach youth the importance of taking smart risks by following five simple, positive choices:  Buckle Up, Look First, Wear the Gear, Get Trained and Drive Sober. Teenagers are more likely to act impulsively and on instinct when faced with stressful or emotional decisions resulting in risky behaviour and poor decision-making. Teens may not fully appreciate the immediate consequences of their actions. Educators play a key role in healthy student development.
  • Ophea Teaching Tools – Offer lesson plans, supplements and activities designed to reflect the requirements of the Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum. Talk to your school Health and Physical Education Lead or Curriculum Consultant to find out if your School Board subscribes. (Ophea).
  • Ontario Road Safety Resource – For Grades 9 to 12. This website houses Ontario’s road safety education resource developed in partnership between the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association. Search these resources by grade level or topic to find division level information, cross-curricular lesson plans, and community engagement toolkits.

  • Drugs and Driving Teacher Resources – For Grades 10 to 12. The Centre for Addictions Research of BC website offers a fun way for youth to develop knowledge and skills related to the impact of alcohol and other drugs on driving as well as lesson plans which can be adapted to meet Ontario curriculum expectations.
  • Parachute Canada Safety Programs – Parachute offers many programs designed to raise awareness of safety risk to reduce injury in youth, such as No Regrets, Smart Hockey, Project Gearshift (Distracted Driving).

  • Truth and Consequences – An interactive Drug and Alcohol Awareness Conference. Includes an online step-by-step planning guide to support organizers with planning, implementing and evaluating the program. Public health nurses are also available to provide support and consultation. The cost to deliver the conference is minimal.
  • Ophea Safety Guidelines: Concussion Protocols – These concussion protocols are available for free to schools in Ontario. They include three modules with curricular, interschool and intermural guidelines.
  • Parachute Canada Concussion Resources – This includes information about concussions and concussion guidelines.
  • Ophea Safety Guidelines – This online resource outlines the minimum standards for risk management and outlines the safe practices for activities in schools, in order to minimize the element of risk. Useful tool for teachers, intramural supervisors, and coaches.
  • Cycling Skills – Resources include information for young cyclists about bicycle equipment, riding tips, and the rules of the road. Students can review this information on their own or as part of a classroom assignment.

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