Keeping Your Kids Safe on Their Way to and from School
As a parent, keeping your kids safe is the number one priority. When children grow older, they face more and more instances of independence. With this independence, they begin to make their own decisions. Because their safety is still at the forefront of importance, teaching your children how to make good decisions on their way to and from school is vital.
Tips that will assist you in keeping your children out of harm’s way
The following tips will help you make sure your kids go to school and come back home safely:
- Before letting your child walk to school, make sure they are familiar with the route. Walk it with them a few times before letting them venture it alone.
- If possible, find safety in numbers. Whether it is walking to school or to the bus stop, have a neighborhood friend walk with them. If the kids are too young to walk alone, parents can take turns each morning.
- Teach kids to be wary of strangers. Teach them not to trust anyone they meet on the street, not to accept gifts from strangers or not to give any personal information.
- Establish a code word with your children. Whether it’s a favorite fruit or pet’s name, teach them that any adult they should trust will know this word.
- Encourage open conversations! Your children should feel comfortable talking to you about anything strange that has happened. Let your kids know that they are able to report any uncomfortable situations, whether with strangers or friendly faces.
- Make sure your child has your phone number and address fully memorized. If anything were to happen, it is important that your child be able to contact you. In the same strain, do not write this information visibly on your child’s coats, backpacks, or lunchboxes. This information should not be available to strangers.
- In case of emergencies, you might find it beneficial to provide your child with a cell phone. Any prepaid version will do, as long as it allows your child to reach you if needed. These are also helpful if you want your child to check in with you when they reach their destination. Program your number into the phone’s speed dial, assuring no mistakes.