7 Safety Tips For School Kids
by: Janet Booth
Travelling to and from school is often not very safe.
However, there are some simple rules that can help to
make the school journeys safer, ensuring peace of mind
for both children and parents.
1. Waiting for the school bus in the mornings, while
traffic is at it busiest, requires a degree of
commonsense. Try to have a safe place for children to
wait at away from the street and heavy traffic.
2. Don't let children move close to the school bus
until it has come to a complete stop and the driver has
signalled that it is safe to board.
3. At the end of the school day when children leave
the bus, instruct your child to move away from the
vehicle at least a dozen large strides to a point where
the driver can clearly see them. This helps the driver
and keeps the child safe as well.
4. Instruct your child to keep a close eye on all
traffic near to the school bus. The law has some special
protection measures for school buses, but car drivers
are only human, and they can and often do make mistakes.
5. If your child walks to school, make sure he or she
wears reflective material. Aim to make them as visible
to as possible to all drivers. This will help to avoid
6. If a child rides a bike to school, instruct them
to walk the bike through intersections, observe all
traffic light signals, and be wearing reflective
material. They should also be with a friend if possible
as one can help to look out for the other.
7. If you take your own child to school in your car,
always have older children in a seat with a safety belt
on, younger children in a booster seat with a safety
belt on, and very small children in special safety
seats, all seated in the back with only you, the driver,
in the front.
|About The Author
Janet Booth lives with her family in Ohio. She is a freelance
journalist for a local newspaper, and often has
articles published in magazines. When she’s not
writing she tends to her website at: