It seems unbelievable that kids are already going back to school. The summer break is over, much to the relief of some parents. That said, I thought now would be a good time to discuss some back to school safety tip to keep your children from harm.
Back to school safety tips
The National Safety Council has come up with a few areas they suggest parents, guardians and school personnel review and implement for the safety of children at school.
- School Supply Safety:
- Make sure that when you purchase school supplies, that they are age-appropriate. This includes such items as backpacks and scissors. Backpacks should be ergonomically designed to enhance safety and comfort.
- You also want to ensure that your children or students don’t over pack their backpacks as that can lead to shoulder and back strain, and even fractures. Backpacks should not weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of a child’s body weight.
- Transportation Safety:
- Make sure you teach your children to stand at least six feet away from the road when waiting for their school bus.
- Stress the importance of good behavior while riding on a school bus.
- Children should be taught to look both ways before crossing any street and they should always cross at intersections, not in the middle of the street.
- If there are sidewalks on the way to school, make sure your children use them, instead of walking in the roadway.
- If your children ride bicycles to school, make sure they wear their helmet and that it is fitted and secured properly. They also need to know the rules of the road: ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, and come to a complete stop before crossing a street.
- If your children are old enough to drive, make sure you have taught them well – no drunk driving, no cell phone use while driving, no speeding, and being sure to use seat belts.
- Student Safety:
- Bullying has always been around and it’s alive and well today. Educate your children about the importance of respecting others. Also, teach your children what to do in case they are the target of bullying.
- Discuss emergency plans with your children in the case of a kidnapping attempt, a natural disaster, school shootings, etc. Of course, only discuss those topics that are age-appropriate.
- Warn of the dangers of distracted walking. They should never walk or cross a street while texting or talking on the phone, and they should not walk with headphones on.
Hopefully, these tips will help keep your children safe and confident.
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Source: National Safety Council