Safe and smart for back to school

Sep 1, 2017 | Real Life

Whether it’s your kid’s very first year in school (how exciting!) or they’re ready to go back for another year of fun/trouble, safety is always a top priority. Schools often have a number of safety precautions in place to keep kids safe to and from school, but you can also build on those and develop your own ways of keeping them safe.

To and from school

The routes your child takes to school are very important. Whether they walk the walk or take the wheels-on-the-bus, making sure they know where they are and where they’re supposed to be at all times can help them stay safe. Teach them the right way to walk home from school and the bus stop, including staying on sidewalks, how to cross the street, obeying crossing guards, and following traffic lights and signs.

If your kids are old enough to ride their bike to school, be sure to equip them with some awesome safety gear. Spongebob kneepads and a Spiderman helmet aren’t just for kids either, buy some for yourself and match! Make sure to teach them the rules of the roads and sidewalks. Looking left and right before crossing saves lives!

If they’re taking the bus, remind your children to keep an eye on the bus route, teach them their bus number, and put a plan in place if they accidentally get on the wrong bus, because trust us, it’s happened. And if they ever encounter strangers or bullies, you can give them a plan of action to get out of those situations, such as alerting a grown-up. Help them figure out when it’s okay to go with a stranger and when it isn’t, aka never. 

Staying in touch

You can also keep your kids safer by knowing the people your child will come into contact with every day. Get to know their teachers, school administrators, friends, & friends’ parents — even crossing guards — so they know your child by name and know they can contact you if necessary. A walk-through of their route to schools on one of those first days is a great way to get to meet everyone they encounter. Even if little Johnny is embarrassed, you’ll have peace of mind knowing where he walks and who he comes into contact with. Who knows? He may even find a walking buddy in the same class!

Whether you’re at work or at home, it’s good for your kids to know how to contact you. Make sure they know important information, like your phone number, address, & where you work. That way, if they get lost and someone is trying to help them, they can get in touch with you. You can even include your contact info inside their backpack just in case they forget.

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