Student Web Activity

Chapter 2 Lesson 3: Worth the Wait

Introduction

Learning how to say no when you are invited or pressured to participate in unhealthy activities is an important skill to develop. On theWeb site below, you will learn how to come up with a “prevention plan,” that will help you refuse to participate in unhealthy behavior in the future. You will also learn some ways to respond when you are pressured to have sex.

Link to explore: Worth the Wait Web site:  http://www.worththewait.org/teens/preventionplan.html

Directions

  • Start at the Worth the Wait Web site.
  • Read through the page entitled “Prevention Plan.” When you get to the bottom, click on the link that says “Learn How to Say No,” and read that page as well.
  • Take notes as you read.
  • When you are done reading, answer the questions below.
  • Finally, using the information from the link, come up with a prevention plan of your own that will help you say no when you are pressured to participate in unhealthy behaviors.

Questions

  1. Why is it a good idea to create a prevention plan?
  1. What are some risky situations you should avoid?
  1. List six of the twelve safety skills you can include in your prevention plan that will help keep you safe.
  1. What is a good comeback if someone tells you that he/she wants to have sex with you because of love?
  1. What is a good comeback if someone says it is okay to have sex because he/she has a condom?

Answers

  1. It is a good idea to make a prevention plan because it helps you know what to say and do when risky situations come up.
  1. Some risky situations you should avoid include:
    1. Parties where there are drugs/alcohol.
    1. Dating older partners.
    1. Being alone where no one can help if you need it.
    1. Leaving a party or a gathering with someone you do not know really well.
  1. The twelve safety skills that will help keep you safe are:
    1. Go out with a supportive group of people you trust.
    1. Make pacts with your friends to look out for each other.
    1. Avoid risky situations.
    1. Stop and think before you act.
    1. Recognize trouble before it starts.
    1. Protect your drink at gatherings and never let it out of your sight.
    1. Learn about date rape drugs and their effects.
    1. Never go out with strangers.
    1. Learn to say no.
    1. Trust your guts.
    1. Set sexual limits and communicate your limits to your partner/date and friends; be with others who respect those limits.
    1. Sign and carry an abstinence card.
  1. A good response to someone who tells you that he/she wants to have sex with you because of love is, “You don't have control over the whole situation. You do not know what is going to happen afterwards and I do not want to take the risk.”
  1. A good response to someone who says it is okay to have sex because he/she has a condom is, “Condoms are not 100% effective against STDs and pregnancy, and provide zero protection from the emotional hurt I could suffer.”
Additional Resources for Teachers

Dealing with situations in which they are pressured to take part in risky behaviors can be really tough for teens. The sites below offer suggestions, quizzes, and discussion forums where teens can get their questions answered and practice the skills they will need to say no effectively.

  1. My Life, My Freedom:
    http://www.mylifemyfreedom.org/
  2. Not Me Not Now:
    http://www.notmenotnow.org/
  3. Just Say Yes:
    http://www.justsayyes.org/

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