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Ensuring Safety During Back-to-School Month

Monday, August 21, 2023 Shana Watson

As the back-to-school season approaches, it's crucial to prioritize the safety of students, parents, and the entire community. This exciting time of year can sometimes bring about increased risks, but with careful planning and awareness, we can ensure a smooth and safe transition into the new academic year. Let's explore some valuable tips backed by statistics to help keep everyone safe during this back-to-school month.

1. School Bus Safety:

Statistics show that school buses are one of the safest modes of transportation for students. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school buses are 70 times safer than traveling by car. However, it's essential to review safety guidelines with your children:

• Teach kids to wait for the bus away from the road.

• Emphasize the importance of remaining seated and quiet while the bus is in motion.

• Remind them to look both ways before crossing the street after getting off the bus.

2. Pedestrian Safety:

Walking to school can offer exercise and independence, but it's crucial to practice pedestrian safety. Data from Safe Kids Worldwide shows that pedestrian injuries are a leading cause of injury-related fatalities among children.

• Walk with your child and practice safe crossing at intersections.

• Instruct them to use designated crosswalks and obey traffic signals.

• Encourage the use of reflective gear, especially in low-light conditions.

3. Backpack Safety:

Heavy backpacks can strain a child's back and shoulders, leading to musculoskeletal problems and discomfort.

• Opt for a backpack with padded straps and a waist strap.

• Pack only necessary items to reduce the weight.

• Adjust the straps so the backpack sits snugly against the child's back.

4. Stranger Danger:

Teaching kids about stranger danger is crucial. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, around 800,000 children are reported missing each year.

• Instruct children not to talk to or accept anything from strangers.

• Teach them to trust their instincts and to seek help from a trusted adult if they feel uncomfortable.

5. Cyber Safety:

In the digital age, online safety is paramount.

• Educate students about responsible internet usage and the potential risks of sharing personal information.

• Encourage open communication with your children about their online activities.

6. Bullying Prevention:

Bullying can have severe consequences on a child's well-being.

• Teach children the importance of empathy and kindness.

• Encourage them to report any instances of bullying to a trusted adult.

By implementing these safety tips and being aware of the statistics, we can make the back-to-school month a secure and joyful experience for everyone. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in ensuring the safety and well-being of our children as they embark on their educational journey.



Safe Kids Worldwide

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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