The purpose of this activity is to arrange things on a harmometer (like a thermometer) by the potential harm they can cause.
What you will need
Explain that as a group you are going to explore violent acts and how much harm they cause. As an opener you can ask about types of harm that the group can identify.
Remember that we are focusing on violence and knife crime, but other harms might be involved. For example, stress, fear and other factors that occur in the lead-up, during and after an incident.
Use these categories and write them onto sticky notes, then place them on the harmometer according to which ones cause the most harm and which ones cause the least harm.
The point of the exercise is that there are no real right or wrong answers. All of these situations put you at risk. There is no safe place to stab someone. Carrying a knife is illegal and you can be prosecuted at any age for possession, even if you say you are carrying it for fear or protection.
If it's your friend that's involved, you can be prosecuted under 'joint enterprise'. Always make sure you try to calm them down or talk them out of it. And best of all, speak to an adult you can trust.
If there is no violence but there is incitement it can still be an offense that is considered 'harassment' or 'malicious communications' if it involves social media. You are welcome to watch the 'Don't be in the Dark' video for more information.