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Helping Children Avoid Bus Accidents – What to do to Stay Safe for Back-to-School – Part 1

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

With Back-to-School season upon us once again, it’s time to remember how to keep our children safe during their daily commute to school.

As parents, our number one priority is ensuring the continual safety of our children. Although we wish we could guarantee their safety at times, we can’t always be right there with them; however we can arm them with the knowledge they need and guide them toward making smart decisions.

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Here are a few things that you can remind your child to help keep them safe, this season:

  • If your child is running late for the morning bus, make sure they know to check that the bus driver is able to see them before they run after or in front of the bus
  • Remind children to stay at least 10 feet away from a bus and wait until the bus is at a complete stop. Then your children should board the bus one at a time
  • When getting off the bus, tell your child to get to the sidewalk and away from the bus and street before stopping to talk with friends
  • Remind your child to look both ways before crossing the street, even if they are at a crosswalk

Of course, bus safety doesn’t stop at the door. Many injuries can be sustained while on the bus, and it’s important to remind our children of a few important things that will help keep them safe on their way to school every day:

  • Remind your child to be aware of loose clothing, like scarves, sweatshirts, and backpack straps when getting on or off of a bus, as these items can become caught in the door
  • Make sure that your child listens to the bus driver and doesn’t engage in activities like throwing things or jumping up and down, as this can distract the driver’s attention from the road
  • Talk to your child about bullying; if your child is being bullied on the bus, make sure that they seek help from their bus driver, teacher, or principal. Bullies thrive on silence and, in addition to harming your child, bullying and horseplay on a moving bus can also lead to serious physical injury.

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