By: Kate Cottrell
Start the new school year off right – make sure your children know how to get to school safely, and that they stay safe once they get there.
Before school starts, take a walk or bicycle ride to school with your kids. Use the opportunity to check their road safety skills, and to review the safety rules of the road and sidewalk. Be sure they follow the tips for safe walking and riding.
- Pay attention to what is going on around you.
- Do not talk and text.
- Do not use headphones or ear-buds.
- Do not cross or walk in the street while using a cell phone.
- When you need to use your cell, move to the side out of the path of other pedestrians.
- When you are waiting for the bus, stand well back from the curb.
- When crossing in front of a bus, do not step in front of the bus unless you can see the bus driver and the bus driver can see you.
Back pack Safe
Q: How much your child’s back pack should weigh in relation to the child’s body weight?
A: When filled, the back pack should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. Both straps should be worn to distribute the load across the upper body more evenly.
Keep kids safe: Know the signs of bullying
Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intended to harm or distress, is repeated over time and occurs between two people who are not matched in terms of power or strength. Bullying can be physical, verbal, emotional (e.g., social exclusion), sexual, or via soclal media (cyberbullying). If you suspect bullying and are having trouble getting the child to discuss it, seek help from teachers or school counselling staff.
Ask your child about bullying if he or she:
- has no interest in school and / or friends
- appears anxious, unhappy, or fearful when discussing or going to school
- has signs of injury or damaged or missing belongs
- frequent stomach pains, headaches, or sleep problems