The aim of this activity is to visually demonstrate the number of 14 year olds who use cannabis. Teenagers tend to overestimate the number of their peers that have tried drugs. But the reality is that most teenagers do not use cannabis. In fact, only 12% of teenagers have tried cannabis in the last year. That’s 1 in 8.
Get the entire class to stand up and read out the following questions. If they have done the following thing in the last year get them to remain standing up, and if they have not, get them to sit down.
Next, get the entire class to stand back up and read out the next question.
In the last year, have you:
- Been to the beach?
- Been to the movies?
- Eaten fruit?
- Played sport?
Now ask the entire class to sit down, except for 2 people.
Explain that this is the proportion of people their age who have used cannabis in the last year.
Get the class to discuss why or why not they think people use cannabis.