This session emphasizes that students can be a good resource and positive influence for their peers. It sheds light on an alternative perspective of peer influence by demonstrating how students in the class can be a positive influence on their peers. It also demonstrates how a peer's negative influence and behaviour can lead to positive action on the part of the students.

Students will learn to identify signs of harmful involvement with substances, be able to decide when and how to intervene, and consider how to handle a range of possible responses from a friend (for example, wants help and is willing to access it; knows there is a problem but wants to deal with it without help; doesn't want parents to know; or is denying there is a problem).

The activities in this learning theme have been developed under the assumption that some grade 9 students may find themselves in situations where they have taken a risk or they are with friends who have taken risks that have led to negative consequences, and quick thinking and response are called for to keep everyone safe. Many of the alcohol- and other drug-related risks faced by youth happen in the company of peers and are frequently a result of the behaviour of peers. This learning theme explores risky situations from the perspective of handling both the risks and the role peers play. The entire class will participate in a party during which a number of alcohol- and drug-related issues and potentially negative consequences arise.

A summary of the curriculum links, activity objectives, time and preparation required, and the necessary materials can be found by clicking here or on the Outcomes link in this section.