- Identify a variable in your life for which you can use Situational Awareness and share (email or text a parent or trusted adult), your action, mindset, or decision which you plan use in order to better protect yourself or others.
- Pick 1 of the youth death data points, or another that is important to you which is not listed below.
This webpage focuses on danger awareness through situational awareness
- America's communities desperately want youth to use their natural characteristics to grow in every positive way.
- Encourage use of "situational awareness" (SA) to empower youth to become the people they aspire to be, then avoiding dangerous variables within their control will be a natural consequence of how they make decisions.
- "Situational awareness is the process of recognizing a threat at an early stage and taking measures to avoid it.", Security Weekly, Aug.22,2007
Mental Process of SA:
When we want to change a bad situation, improve our odds of continuing to remain successful, or simply diminish danger, we must identify the key variables that create the situation we want to effect, then evaluate which variables we can/cannot control, before we decide what strategies can be used to benefit ourselves (or others).
For example - we have enjoyed smoking but know it is good for us, so we read something on the effects of cigarette smoke (say this brochure). We consider that choosing to not smoke we may be giving up completely, or situationally, an experience that we enjoy. We may be willing to eventually die from a smoking related cancer, but we are not willing to have others, or loved ones, suffer (asthma, SIDS, etc. from second hand cigarrette smoke is a sad reality for children), so we choose to not smoke at all, or smoke only in isolation, or smoke only with other smokers in areas where youth will not later play, eat, or sleep. We can also take action to improve our life by being open to opportunities, to enhance our own life pursuit of what is interesting to us (smoking), valuable to us (family), and using the strategy of situational awareness...We think about what we could contribute to improve the situation, and with a google search "good texts to send a friend to encourage them to not smoke" we find an ap we use for ourselves (ap that sends you messages to help you not smoke), OR we see a flyer about Firemen "reading smoke" and we read it over considering firefighting trainer as a future profession, OR we have a parent that smokes and we ask them to take a Saturday DMACC Diversion class with us - telling them it could help pressures we feel to do drugs (which may be true but we get them to think more about being healthier), OR we ask a doctor's office if they would be willing to make copies of this smoking effects on youth awareness handout for reading in their waiting room. We use situational awareness because it helps to get support, taking action feels better than be passive, we know we cannot change others' life philosophies but we can plant seeds, and we can help protect our own.
Recognize different Ways SA Can Be Helpful
Look over one of these weblinks that highlight situational awareness for yourself and share/listen with others who chose one different than yours (make a connection of using situational awareness as a strategy to various situations):
Use the linked graphics and follow up questions to help you begin to identify key variables and possible relationships
- Become aware of outcomes by understanding key variables-
- How have the creators of the chart tried to communicate which variables are most dangerous?
- Are there identified variables you simply do not understand?
- If yes, research/google them understand what they are.
- What did you find?
- What ages groupings have the largest increases from one to the next?
- What factors could account the more drastic changes?
- Look for ways to change the current reality for yourself -
- Identify the variables you can control from those you cannot.
- Rank, group,or put the variables on a scale to help you methodically evaluate them for yourself.
- What variables could you most easily impact/influence/enhance/diminish?
Be aware of the dangers as you look at the data in these three graphs -
Be Aware of Some Accidental Ways our Youth Die -
- Auto accidents
- Animals causing death
- 93 Drowning deaths Ages 10-14 and 501 Drowning deaths Ages 15-24 in 2013 - National Center for Injury Prevention & Control, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, *10 Leading Causes of Death
- Gun Handling Non-Hunting
- For all age groups, Top 25 Most Common Causes of Death, www.MedHelp.org