Can you tell when you’re in danger?

Sometimes it isn’t easy to tell when we’re putting ourselves at risk. We’re often told not to speak to strangers online, but is that more dangerous than telling a friend our banking passwords? The results of either action depend on the friend and the stranger and your relationship with them. Sometimes it’s difficult to assess which situations have the most risk.

New situations and places can feel dangerous because we don’t know them. If we’re in a familiar situation, we can feel safe, even when we’re not. Our assessment of risk is influenced by our experiences and the information and stories we are exposed to. We may hear a story about someone dying from a shark attack and then develop a fear of swimming in the sea. You are 5 times more likely to die from the food you eat (through food poisoning) than die from a shark attack, but you aren’t going to stop eating, are you?

Different people considering the same situation will come to different conclusions about the level of risk involved based on their experiences, personality, physical size etc. We all evaluate risk differently depending on what we fear, but some activities are clearly riskier than others.

Try this English Risk Rank Activity to see how you rank these activities.

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