As we approach the new school year, it’s a great time for parents to discuss safety with their children. Anything can happen once your children leave the house to go to school, so making sure they’re prepared for any incidents will keep them safe. The Red Cross has provided the following safety tips for students:
Tell your child that they should check the bus they’re boarding to make sure they’re riding the correct one. They should look for signs or indicators that are usually on school buses, and then write the indicator down somewhere to verify it until they’ve memorized what bus they ride. They should also try to avoid walking too close to the bus behind it or in front of it, due to the fact that bus drivers may not be able to see them and drive forward or reverse, resulting in the injury of a child.
Children don’t always pay attention to people or objects around them, so it’s very easy for them to get distracted and walk into a crosswalk. Teach your child to look left, then right, then left again before they cross the road to ensure their safety. They also need to be careful around parked cars right after school, as they may pull out of their parking spots quickly and not see children since they’re shorter than the rear window of a vehicle.
When teenagers first learn to drive, they may do things that don’t seem very dangerous, but may lead to a deadly accidents. Tell teenagers that are starting to drive to always wear a seatbelt, keep their phone in a bag away from them so they won’t be tempted to text, and avoid eating breakfast or snacks while they’re driving to or from school.
If you are a parent of a young child you should make sure that your child knows the route to school. It’s best to walk your child to school every day for the first week so they don’t get lost and have time to adjust to their surroundings. It’s also a good idea to try to find another student that lives nearby to walk with your child, since this would make them feel less anxious about getting to school.
Adults are partially responsible for the safety of children in their communities. You should always keep your distance from a school bus when it’s dropping students off at stops. Also, if you see flashing red lights, drivers must stop on both sides of the road so that children may descend from the bus and cross the road safely.