Before summer even nears its close, back-to-school talk begins. Take this time to teach your kids vital safety information for the bus stop, playground and home.

School Transportation Safety

Whether your child walks, takes the bus or carpools, make him or her aware of the following safety precautions. Children who walk to school should:

  • Never walk alone. Always employ the buddy rule.
  • Always take the route you have laid out of them.
  • Keep the “Run. Yell. Tell.” rule in mind.
  • Never talk to strangers.
  • Stay on the sidewalk and out of the street.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Only cross the street at a cross walk, at a stop sign or at a traffic light.

Children who ride the bus should:

  • Stand five steps back from the approaching bus.
  • Take a seat and face forward on the bus.
  • Buckle up.
  • Never stick head or arms out the window.
  • Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before standing.

For children who carpool, talk with participating parents about safety rules and concerns. Come to an agreement about how many children will be involved in the carpool and best practices to ensure safety.

Talk with children about car etiquette. Ensure they know to always buckle their seatbelts and to be respectful of the driving parent. Furthermore, children should always check with you or the known supervising adult before entering the carpool car.

For more school traveling safety tips, see the National Safety Council’s tip sheet.

Playground Safety

In the U.S., more than 200,000 children 14 and younger suffer from playground-related injuries every year. Keep your child safe from these avoidable injuries by discussing playground etiquette. Children should know to:

  • Use playground equipment as intended.
  • Never stand in front of the slide.
  • Never push or roughhouse with other children.
  • Take turns.

Also, speak with the school about supervision on the playground, and schoolyard rules and precautions you should teach your child.

Security Technologies With Children In Mind

As a working or busy parent, sometimes you just can’t be there when older children arrive home from school. For conflicts like this, keep available security technologies in mind to increase your child’s safety and decrease your worry.

Technologies, like home video surveillance, allow you to see when your child returns home from school. Pair this with remote access, and you can unlock the door for him or her and relock it once they have securely entered the home.

For more on back-to-school safety, read 4 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe This School Year.

Do you have additional tips for back to school safety? Share them with us in the comments below.

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