Travelling To and From School
Map out with your children a safe way for them to walk to school or to the bus stop. Travelling To and From School can be very dangerous without proper parental care and supervision. Avoid busy roads and intersections. Do a trial run with them to point out places they should avoid along the way, such as vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren’t many people.
Teach children to follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking. Stress that they should cross the street at crosswalks or intersections with crossing guards when they can.
Encourage children to walk to school or the bus stop with a sibling or friend, and to wait at bus stops with other children.
Teach children not to talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or accept gifts from them without your permission. Tell them that if they see a suspicious stranger hanging around, or in their school, they should tell an adult.
Help children memorize their phone number and full address, including area code and zip code. Write down other important phone numbers such as your work and cell phone on a card for your children to carry with them.
If your child child walks to school, ensure that they are well equipped for all weather conditions; a nice umbrella to use if it suddenly starts to rain – the weather often changes during the course of the day, and you might not be there to drive them home. During the rainy season, be sure to invest in a rain coat for them – it will make them look cool, as well as save them from getting wet.
Familiarize yourself and be social with the neighbours who live on your street, as they can also be an extra set of eyes for you. Lastly, you can never be safe or careful enough…so continue to keep yourself updated with matters related to your child’s safety by visiting our site regularly.