Get Children Back to School Safe and Sound
September brings the start of a new school year and the sight of children walking to and from school. If you are concerned about their safety, following these tips might ease your mind and help your children navigate the streets without any worries.
Choose the right route. Have your children use the most direct route to and from school. Look for intersections with stoplights and well-defined crosswalks, as well as adult crossing guards.
Walk the route yourself. For about the first week or so, walk with your children, especially if they are younger, to be sure they know where and how to cross the street. Tell them to avoid shortcuts, abandoned houses or anything else that might hide them from sight. If possible, walking with other children in a group is a good idea.
Dress for visibility. Brightly colored coats and clothing will make your children more visible to drivers.
Discuss safety. Teach your children not to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from anyone they don’t know. Make sure they understand what traffic signals mean and the importance of paying attention to what is happening around them.
Check their knowledge. Educating children to memorize their home address and phone number is a good idea. Learning contact information for another trusted adult is also a good idea.
Keep the lights on. Leave your porch or outdoor lights on in the fall and winter months when it starts to become dark earlier. Following these easy steps will help your family feel safe getting back and forth to school.