School is back in session for many children and they will be returning to school next week. As parents, it’s crucial to recognize that some safety measures that come naturally to us might not be as instinctive for our children. Regardless of whether your children take the school bus, ride their bicycles, or walk to school, taking the time to discuss these safety guidelines will ensure your children are prepared for safe travels to and from school.
1. Taking the bus to school
While taking the school bus is a safe mode of transportation for your children, dangerous situations can be avoided by discussing the following tips with them:
2. Riding your bike to school
Riding a bicycle to school is a great way for children to get exercise. If your children are riding their bikes to school on their own, plan the route and test it out with them ahead of time. Here are some safety tips to discuss with your children to make sure they are riding their bikes safely to and from school:
It is also important to keep in mind that children under the age of 10 should not be riding their bicycles in traffic. For more information, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Young Cyclist’s Guide: https://www.ontario.ca/page/young-cyclists-guide#section-0
3. Walking to school
Some of you may live close enough to your children’s school to allow them to walk. If your children are walking to school unsupervised by an adult, see if they can walk with a friend. Here is a list of safety measures to discuss with your children if they are walking to school:
Parents should always help their children pick a safe route to walk to and from school. Practice this route with your children and advise them to always stick to the same route.
Our children should be aware of the possible dangers associated with travelling to and from school. By discussing these safety tips with your children, they will be well equipped to start the school year off on the right foot!
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