With school starting I thought I’d build on our previous tip about school bus safety and offer a few tips on being safe while walking to and from school. The following tips come courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Make sure your child’s walk to a school is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection.
- Be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills. Because small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
- If your children are young or are walking to a new school, walk with them the first week to make sure they know the route and can do it safely.
- Bright colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.
- In neighborhoods with higher levels of traffic, consider starting a “walking school bus,” in which an adult accompanies a group of neighborhood children walking to school.
- Consider having an emergency phone number card printed and laminated that you child can carry in their backpack or or wallet. That way in case of emergency there are multiple people that your child can contact and not have to worry about forgetting a phone number.