Picturing Risk

This activity introduces the concept of risk and explores it in relation to gambling, enabling young people to develop a better understanding of various risk-taking behaviours and their consequences.



Materials to print:

Picturing Risk printouts

Picturing risk


  1. Give the set of cards to the group, explaining they all portray risk-taking behaviours.
  2. Ask participants to look at the pictures and identify each activity.
  3. Ask the group to discuss which activities they consider riskier, and which activities they consider less risky. At this stage, don’t give them any more detailed explanation of what kind of risk they should consider, just ask them to think broadly about risk and see which kind of risks they can identify for each card.
  4. Once the group has come to a general agreement, let them present and justify how risky they believe each activity to be.
  5. Support the group in analysing and explaining which risks they see in each card.
  6. Highlight the various kinds of risk (affecting mental health, physical health, job opportunities, travel opportunities, police records, with consequences for other people, with immediate consequences or with long-term effects, etc.).
  7. Conclude by bringing participants’ attention to the risks linked to gambling.


Alternative options:

If it’s a big group, you could divide it into teams and use multiple sets of cards.

If appropriate, you could give 1 card to each person and then ask the group to stand up forming a line from the person with the riskiest activity to the one with the least risky activity. Then proceed from step 3.