Keeping our kids safe
In a few short weeks, the ringing of school bells will signal the start of another school year. The streets will soon be crowded with school buses, rushed parents on the roads and kids walking or biking their way to class. Now is a good time for parents to take time to discuss safety tips as kids head back to school. For tweens, this is especially important as this is often the time they become more independent as they start walking to school and staying home alone.
These reminders are not anything new but the key is for our children to hear them from us on a consistent basis. Remember, safety first!
Safety and street smart tips (in no particular order):
- Cross at intersections with traffic lights or stop signs
- Follow all traffic signals and signs
- Use and obey school crossing guards
- Use sidewalks
- Look both ways (especially true when crossing street after getting off school bus)
- Be aware of surroundings
- Check in as soon as they arrive
- Never take short cuts
- Walk with friends
- Don’t talk to strangers
- Ask for family password when someone other than routine caregiver tells them they were instructed to pick them up
- Wear helmet when riding bicycle, skateboard or scooter
- Walk bicycle, skateboard, scooter when crossing the street
- Don’t listen to iPod when walking alone
- Keep wallet and gadgets like smart phones, iPods and tablets hidden
- Stay the course – don’t wander off known route
Have you started a safety conversation with your tween? What tips can you add to our list?
Image by Phil Roeder via Flickr
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.