Back to School Safety Tips for Your Kids

Personal Safety

After months of at-home learning, many kids are returning to school this fall. And while the typical back-to-school safety tips are always encouraged to follow, this year it’s especially important to review.

Following an unprecedented time of isolation, kids are likely to forget even the most basic safety measures (like looking both ways before crossing the street). So to help your kids prepare for the new school year, we’ve outlined some key back-to-school safety tips:

  • Don’t text while walking
  • Wear a helmet when biking
  • Stand back from the curb while waiting for the bus
  • Don’t accept rides from strangers
  • Make sure that emergency contact information is up to date 

By following these simple tips, we can keep our community safe for everyone.

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Don’t text while walking

We all know that texting while driving is dangerous, but texting while walking can present equally harmful consequences. And with more kids than ever having devices like phones or tablets, it’s important to remind them about safe usage.

For example, when distracted by their phone on the walk to or from school, a child could:

  • Trip and twist their ankle 
  • Not see that a crosswalk has stopped and accidentally step into traffic
  • Bump into something or someone and cause hurt to both parties
  • And more

While it may not seem like a big deal, texting while walking reduces focus on your surroundings,  and that’s exactly what kids need to be reminded to do.

To travel safely to and from school, remind your kids to keep their eyes on the sidewalk in front of them. If they need to respond to a text, they should stop and step aside before resuming their walk.

Wear a helmet when biking

According to Johns Hopkins research, “head trauma is the most common injury in accidents involving bikes.” For this reason (and many others), it’s critical that your child wears a helmet when riding their bike, especially to and from school.

Middle school children and up frequently ride bikes to school if their home is located nearby. Unfortunately, some kids fall victim to peer pressure that helmets don’t look “cool,” so they don’t end up wearing them.

This is dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Make sure your kid understands that helmets save lives. Also make sure that your child’s helmet is properly sized and fits snugly.

For added fun, you might let them pick out their own, or provide stickers for them to customize. And when their helmet is unique, it’s also less likely that another child will take it by mistake.

Stand back from the curb while waiting for the bus

If your child is riding the bus to and from school, make sure they stand back at least six feet from the curb. This way the school bus can safely stop and allow children to board.

Although it may seem self-explanatory, some kids aren’t paying attention. Either because they’re distracted by their phone or they’re playing a game with their friends. When this happens, they run the risk of accidentally stepping out into the street and being hit by a car.

In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “the greatest risk to your child is not riding a bus, but approaching or leaving one.”

To protect your child from harm and ensure they arrive safely to school, make sure they follow bus safety rules.

Don’t accept rides from strangers

Children are often taught not to talk to strangers, but it’s important to remind them to never accept rides from strangers either.

This is particularly true for kids who walk to school. Even if someone appears like they need help, tell your child to say, “I’m sorry, I’m not allowed to talk to strangers,” and then walk straight home.

Make sure that emergency contact information is up to date

It’s important that your child’s emergency contact information is up to date with your school’s administrative office.

Since it may have been quite some time since your child last went to school, your phone or contact information may have been updated. In the event of an emergency, your child’s school will need to get a hold of you.

Additionally, it pays to get to know other parents at your child’s school. This way if an emergency happens and you’re unable to get to the school, you have another trusted contact to rely on for help.

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