Walking together safely to and from school

Written by Canrone Cochin

Walking to school and back home again is a great way to spend time with your children and encourage safe and healthy behaviors.

Here are a few things you can do to help keep your children safer as a pedestrian:

  • Talk with your children about being alert in the road environment.
  • Plan and practice your trip to school so you use pedestrian crossings where possible.
  • Always hold your child’s hand. Children need your help to spot dangers such as vehicles coming out of driveways. They can also be easily distracted and wander into traffic.
  • Meet your child near the school gate and don’t call them from across the road.
  • Explain why the place you have chosen is the safest place to cross.
  • Remind your child to STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! THINK! every time they cross the road and keep checking until safely across.
  • Talk to them about why they should stop, look, listen, think before crossing a driveway, road, or car park.
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