These concerns are understandable. However, this guide isn’t meant to add to a parent’s worries. Remember, millions of children throughout the nation travel to and from school safely every day. Yours can as well.
One way you can boost your children’s odds of avoiding harm involves keeping certain essential tips in mind. By taking the following precautions, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re helping your kids stay safe when they head to school.
School Bus Safety Tips
Teaching children how to wait for, enter, ride, and exit the bus properly involves:
- Demonstrating to children how to keep a distance from the areas in the immediate vicinity of a bus where a driver may be unable to see them;
- Teaching your kids how to keep a safe distance from the bus when waiting for it to stop;
- If you have the opportunity to do so, practicing how to get on the bus and off the bus (which is particularly important for very young children);
- Explaining to children that if they can’t see the bus driver, the bus driver can’t see them;
- Teaching kids how to cross the street safely if they must do so when getting on or off the bus.
Walking to School Safety Tips:
If your kids walk to school instead of riding the bus, keep them safe by:
- Practicing walking safe routes (including alternate routes if road closures or hazardous conditions prevent your kids from taking their usual routes) with them multiple times before allowing them to walk to school on their own;
- Writing your phone number on your child’s shoe or in some other place that will ensure they always have it on them;
- Finding trusted older kids from the neighborhood your child can walk to school with;
- Teaching children to avoid interacting with strangers if they’re approached;
- Advising children not to approach dogs, even if they appear friendly;
- Reminding your children to always use the sidewalk when one is available;
- Showing children how to make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street to confirm drivers see them;
Forbidding your children from walking with headphones, texting while walking, or engaging in other such behaviors which could distract them.