Back to School, safely

Parents have a lot to worry about. We understand that your child’s safety is of utmost importance to you. As parents and children across the country prepare to go back to school after the break, keep your family safe with these back to school safety tips:

School zone driving safety tips

The school run can be frustrating, especially if every parent has their own set of rules and procedures. Follow these quick safety tips to ensure that your child gets to class safely:

  • Keep cool. Your temper is one thing that when lost, its very hard to get back. Be a good role model to your child and keep your cool, even in the most frustrating of circumstances.
  • Slow down. Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.
    Keep your eyes open. Although we do our best to teach our children how to cross a road, it is still good to be aware of children who may cross without looking. Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.
  • Pay attention. Avoid using a cellphone until you are out of the school zone. You should have all of your attention on getting out of the school zone safely.

Riding a bike or walking to school

If your child is able to ride their bike or walk to school, follow these tips to ensure they are as safe as can be:

  • Rules are rules. Be sure your child knows the rules of the road and obeys them.
  • Know your route. As a parent you should pick the safest route between your home and the school and practice it with your children
  • Call a friend. Try and get your child to ride to school with other children. There is safety in numbers.
  • Safety first. If your child is riding a bike to school, be sure that they wear a helmet. In the event of an accident, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.
  • Confirm arrival. Get your child to text or call you when they are leaving for their destination and when they arrive.
    Notify your neighbours. If you know that there are a handful of children getting to school on their own steam, notify your Neighbourhood Watch.

Avoid talking to strangers:

  • Stranger danger. Teach your children to get distance between themselves and anyone who tries to approach or make contact with them. If a stranger does approach your child, make sure they know to immediately report the incident to you or a teacher.
  • Create awareness. Teach your children to never get into a vehicle with anyone, even if they know them, without your permission.
  • Tech assist. Make sure you and your children have the @NamolaApp and that you have tested it so that you can #GetHelpFast if you need it. Remember to tell them to keep their phone out of sight.

School bus safety:

  • Don’t miss the bus. Make habit of arriving at the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled arrival of the bus.
  • Buckle up. When riding the bus, make sure your child wears a seatbelt and understands they must remain seated and keep their head and arms inside the bus at all times.

Original article courtesy of ADT

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