The fall season marks back-to-school time and although the kids are sad summer is over; there is a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year. Bus rides, time at the playground, and of course, Halloween! With these activities come new challenges keeping our families safe.
Children under ten should always cross the street with an adult. Developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age ten. Distractions aren’t just about driving. Teach kids to put away electronic devices when crossing the street.
School buses are the safest way to get your child to school; one percent of student fatalities occur by school bus and 23 percent occur when students are driven by adults. Teach children school bus safety rules like: Staying seated at all times and walking far in front of the school bus so the bus driver can see them.
Playgrounds are a great way to release all that energy children have, but it is important to make sure they are in a safe environment. Find out what to look for in the “Dirty Dozen” of playground safety to help avoid injuries.
Did You Know?
- School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Students are 50 times more likely to arrive at school safely if they take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends or even adults. (US Department of Transportation)
- Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. (CDC)
- As pedestrians, children are at even greater risk of injury or death from traffic crashes due to their small size, inability to judge small distances and speeds, and lack of experience with traffic rules. Nearly one in four traffic deaths among children ages 14 and under are pedestrian deaths. (CDC)
Back-to-School Safety Videos
School Bus Safety
Teach your kids how to stay safe on and around school buses as they head back to school this fall. These tips are brought to you by First Student, North America's largest provider of student transportation, and the National Safety Council.
A PSA from the National Safety Council and First Student featuring safety tips to share the road with school buses.
Diana Dias, Education Specialist for AAA Northeast, discusses safety surrounding school buses.
Sandy Niederberger with First Student shares tips on proper bus stop behavior, and Officer Peter Leclerc of the Cranston Police Department describes fines associated with disobeying stop signs on school buses.
Diana Dias, Education Specialist for AAA Northeast, discusses safety tips for kids walking alone, especially to school.
Safe Kids' Gary Karton hits the streets of Washington, D.C., to talk with teens about the dangers of distracted walking. In our recent survey, we found that half of teens say they cross the street while distracted by a mobile device.
Dina Morrissey, MD from Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention Center, discusses what to look for in an unsafe playground environment.