How to Keep Your Child Safe during the Back to School SeasonSeptember 12, 2016
Summer is coming to a close and kids across the country are headed back to school. Although this is certainly an exciting time of year for kids and parents alike, safety is a prime concern. Fortunately, there are several ways to make sure your child is safe at all times.
Walking to School
Many children live in close proximity to their schools, which affords them the ability to simply walk to school most days as the weather permits. This is an excellent opportunity for kids, especially since most don’t get enough exercise each day as it is. No matter your child’s age, keeping him or her safe on the walk to school should be a top priority. Wherever possible, ask your children to use a “buddy system” so that no one child walks to school alone. If possible, try to set it up so all of the children on your block or in your neighborhood walk to school together. They say there is safety in numbers, and this is certainly true when it comes to walking to school.
Waiting for the Bus
If your kids don’t live close enough to walk to school, then chances are good that they’ll probably ride the bus. In small cities and rural communities, the bus may pull up to your driveway. However, in larger cities, your kids will probably need to wait at a designated bus stop. If this is the case, be sure that your child is not the only one waiting at his or her bus stop. Once again, there is safety in numbers. If your child is small, consider either waiting at the bus stop with him or her or hiring one of the older kids in your neighborhood to ensure that he or she gets on the bus safely each morning and off the bus safely each afternoon.
When the last bell rings at the end of the day, children scatter. Some will ride the bus home from school, others will walk, and still others will ride home with their parents. If your children walk home, be sure to remind them of the dangers of getting into cars with people they don’t know. Reiterate the fact that if there is an emergency and someone needs to bring them home from school, it will always be someone they know, such as an aunt or grandparent.
Many kids live in single-parent homes or in homes where both parents work until the late afternoon or early evening hours. Because of this, there are also many kids who find themselves home alone after school. Make sure that you set rules and boundaries for your kids if this is the case. What’s more, installing a monitored home security system can give you even more peace of mind.
Keeping your child or children safe during the back-to-school season doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Making sure they can get to and from school safely, and that they are safe if they must be home alone after school, should be your top priority.