When summer comes to an end, children get ready to go back to school. This is a great time for parents to talk to their kids about how to safely travel to and from school, and being safe in school. Following a few safety tips can help prevent children from suffering serious injuries, both physical and psychological.

School Bus Safety Tips:

  • Get to the bus stop early – do not run to the bus
  • Wait until the bas has come to a complete stop before walking toward it
  • If crossing the street, wait for a signal from the bus driver; look both ways to make sure there is no moving traffic from either direction
  • Always cross in front of the bus so the driver can see you
  • Once the bus is in motion, remain in your seat

Walking Safety Tips:

  • Children are not ready to walk to school without an adult until they are at least 10 years old
  • Plan and practice a safe walking route with your child until she knows it well
  • Use streets with sidewalks, crosswalks and crossing guards. Avoid as many intersections as possible
  • Have children walk with friends or in a group
  • Talk to your child about what to do if they are approached by a stranger

Safety Tips for Drivers:

  • When backing out of the driveway, watch for children walking to school or to a bus stop
  • On streets without crossing guards, watch out for children trying to cross the street
  • Be careful on streets without sidewalks or streets with on-street parking, it might be hard to notice a child behind a car
  • Be alert. Children may dart into the street without looking
  • Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limit

Stop Bullying:

  • Assess bullying in your child’s school - what prevention and intervention efforts exist? How often does it occur, where does it happen, how do students and adults intervene?
  • Engage parents and youth - establish a school safety committee or task force to plan, implement and evaluate a bullying prevention program
  • Create policies and rules to establish a climate in which bullying is not acceptable
  • Build a safe environment – establish a school culture of acceptance, tolerance and respect. Reinforce positive social interactions and inclusiveness