Did you know that each year about 200,000 children suffer a playground-related injury?
As back to school season approaches, parents know they won’t be able to keep an eye on their children at all times. Before your children go back to school, it’s important to talk to them about school safety.
In this article, we’ll go through some school safety tips you need to know about. Let’s get started.
Once your children go back to school, they will be at the playground without your constant watch. Of course, there will be a teacher monitoring children, but their attention will be divided among many other children.
Your constant eye won’t be on your children, so you must teach them to play safely on their own.
Start by teaching them to always locate the adult on the playground. Teach them not to run, push, or shove other students.
You should also teach them to notify you or a teacher if there are any incidents in the playground. If you want to be extra cautious, you can walk the school playground with your children and inspect it to make sure there are no potential hazards.
Believe it or not, backpacks can cause severe issues to your child’s back. If the backpack is too heavy, children tend to lean forward. Constant leaning forward can lead to the back becoming curved or rounded, which can lead to back, neck, and shoulder pain in the long run.
Carrying a messenger bag or on one shoulder is also harmful to their health. If the bag is too heavy, they will constantly lean to one side, which creates uneven pressure.
The best way to prevent a backpack injury is by choosing a backpack with wider straps. Also, make sure the straps and the back have enough padding to help support the weight.
The weight of the backpack should not be more than 10 to 15% of your child’s total weight. Any heavier than that and you risk injuries. Make sure to adjust both straps and ensure they’re even on both sides.
Teach your children to place the heavier items closer to their backs since this will put less strain on their back.
Some parents also make sure to remove the drawstrings from hoods, jackets, and sweatshirts to reduce the risk of strangulation injuries.
When you buy school supplies, ensure these are non-toxic and safe for children by looking for the label “CONFORMS TO ASTM D-4236.”
Whether you walk with your kids to school or they walk by themselves, there are a few safety measures you need to take. When you’re in a rush to get to school, more things could go wrong. Making sure you leave early will not only teach your children time management skills, but it will also ensure their safety.
As a rule of thumb, you should arrive at school with at least 10 minutes before the bell rings. This gives your children enough time to go to their lockers and walk to their classroom.
If your children are not old enough to walk alone, make sure you take the same route to and from school with them every day. This way you will help them learn the way, and prepare them for when they have to walk alone. Taking shortcuts will only confuse them.
Teach them to read and be aware of traffic signs and lights as you walk to school. This is a great opportunity to teach them to always look both ways before they cross the street. You can also explain to them markings on the pavement, traffic lights, and speed signs.
If your children are old enough to walk alone, show them which route you want them to take to school. They must take the road that is the most populated. Make sure they always keep a safe distance between them and strange people on the street.
Warn them not to talk to strangers or approach vehicles even when they know the person in the car. If anyone approaches them on the way to school, they should report it to a teacher right away.
Tell your children to go straight home without any detours and never go anywhere after school without permission.
If your children take the bus to school, you need to talk to them about the ground rules. To prevent them from missing the bus, make it a habit for them to arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the scheduled pick up time.
Your children should remain on the sidewalk and should never go on the street — they shouldn’t try to see if the bus is coming by going on the street. If they wait at the same bus stop as their friends, make sure they don’t engage in horseplay.
They should let the bus make a complete stop before getting on or off. Teach your children to always remain seated when the bus is in motion.
Since the bus driver has to ensure everyone’s safety, your children should never cause disruptive behavior that might distract the driver.
Finally, show your children not to walk in the “blind spot” of the bus driver. The safe distance is 10 feet in front of the bus.
The first thing you need to do if your child plans to ride his bike to school is to make sure the school allows it. Many schools don’t let students below a certain grade ride bikes.
Your child should have a helmet every single time when riding their bike. Teach them to always respect the rules of the road for their safety.
Whenever possible, your children should ride the school bus with another friend.
Now that you know about these back to school safety tips, it’s time you prepare your children for the new school year.
Remember to talk to your children about playground safety, teach them to respect traffic signs when walking or riding a bike to school, and talk about school bus etiquette.
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