Safety tips to share with children
ITD recommends that parents
and teachers share the following information with children to improve
safety of school commutes:
Never accept a ride from a stranger. If someone stops
to offer a ride, make sure you remain more than an arm’s length
away and be prepared to run. Pay close attention to what the individual
looks like, the kind and color of the car, and if possible, the license
plate. Report all suspicious offers to a trusted adult.
Walk with a friend or in groups. Pre-select a route
and don’t take shortcuts or side trips. Parents should know
where to find you if necessary.
Obey all traffic signals and/or crossing guard –
never cross the street against a light, even if you don't see any
Walk your bike through intersections.
Wear reflective material ... it makes you more visible
to traffic. Don’t listen to loud music while wearing headphones
– they prevent you from hearing approaching vehicles.