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Step by Step Procedure for Child Road Safety

 

Road safety for Children can be ensured by the systematic and pragmatic approach in implementing the rules of traffic in society. In addition, the enforcement of traffic rules should be done in a phased manner so as to include all the people, with special emphasis on children. Nevertheless, children are most vulnerable on the roads to be accident victims because of their age, ignorance and playful nature.

This issue can be solved by taking some actions to educate and enforce traffic rules

1. Road safety lessons for children

Teach them young and they will learn for a lifetime. This is true even for traffic rules. Moreover, lessons on traffic rules and road safety practices should be taught as a part of the curriculum. And it enhances the knowledge of traffic rules among kids, which teaches them to safeguard themselves on the road. It will also serve as a strong base for building a sensible future generation following traffic rules.

2. Road safety Games, mock drills and Traffic Park visits

Mere teaching of lessons will not be enough to instill practical and effective knowledge on traffic rules. As a matter of fact, road safety games, mock traffic drills, and visit to nearby Traffic Parks can fill this void. Ordinarily, children will receive hands-on experience in real life scenario to further strengthen their knowledge of traffic rules. 

3. First Aid lessons and volunteer assistance

Schools can also make it mandatory for the students to learn basic first aid lessons in case of accidents so that lives can be saved and injuries can be minimal. As a result, elder children can be volunteered for managing traffic near the school vicinity during rush hours along with police personnel.

4. Seek public and Government support in ensuring road safety for children.

School authorities can approach governmental agencies like traffic police personnel for  ensuring road safety for children near the schools during the peak traffic times. In fact, public support can also be sought to ensure road safety for children. 

5. Request Traffic Department for installing traffic signs and symbols near school vicinity

School management can also request the traffic department for installing traffic signs and symbols at the vicinity of the school considering the safety of the kids. At the same time, they can also seek assistance of a traffic police personnel near the school for the kids to cross the road safely. 

5. Provide RFID tags to all children

RFID technology can be incorporated into the identity cards of children for better monitoring of kids inside the school premises as well as during their journey to school. As a consequence, the RFID tags can be read with a scanner unit installed in the buses, which then sends the data to the parents or educators.

6. Install GPS trackers in school transportation vehicles

The RFID tags will not be fully effective if the parents /educators cannot know the whereabouts of the school bus. Furthermore GPS trackers installed in school buses assists you to locate the position of the vehicle based on satellite data and transmit the same for public awareness. The data can be read with the support of a GPS enabled Smartphone 

7. Develop and offer Smartphone based apps or PUSH notifications to parents and educators on the whereabouts of children

Specific apps catering to the parents/educators on road safety for children can be developed and implemented. PUSH notifications can be advantageous when parents do not prefer app installation and data usage. However, the PUSH mail services share the information via SMS and do not require specific apps. 

8. Create societal awareness on the need to provide our children safer roads to travel

All the efforts by Governmental agencies, school authorities, and parents will be effective only if public participation is ensured. There should be focus-driven drives for creating awareness on road safety for children by all these nodal agencies at regular intervals. Similar to the enforcement of other rules, there should be a dedicated effort to safeguard the children on the roads. Meanwhile, pamphlets, awareness drives, FM ads, billboards, etc. can meet the goal if properly implemented. 

9. Parental monitoring 

Parental monitoring will be the only option available to ensure child road safety when the children walk or resort to private modes of transport to reach school.

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12 Safety Tips Every Child should Know About

 

Children like to play, explore and discover new things. It will help them to grow, learn, develop, become skillful and intrepid. As a parent, you always try to protect your children. But it is not possible for you to protect them throughout the day. And hence you can teach them certain safety rules or tips which help them to take care of themselves.

Here are the 12 safety tips you should teach your child for improving child road safety:

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1. Teach them about basic contact information

    If you teach your children about basic contact information, then it can be useful for them in times of an emergency. You may wonder about the contents in basic contact information. It can include your child's full name, your name, address, phone number, and location. You should repeatedly tell these details to your children, so that they may never forget about it later.  

2. Advise them not to go anywhere with strangers

    You should make your child aware of the fact that however tight the situation is, they should never approach or accompany a stranger. Also, tell them not to blindly believe a stranger who claims that “Your parent told me to get you”. 
    
     If you have arranged someone to get your child in times of emergency, tell them,  and if possible show them the picture of that person. Try to send someone whom you trust and you can rely upon like a grandparent, aunt, or a relative. You can create a safety code with your child and when someone shares that code, your child will be able to know it's okay to go with them.

3. Make your child aware about road safety

    Your children might be exposed to road related accidents and injuries, due to the lack of supervision and guidance. It will be better, if you do not allow your child to play near roads.

For ensuring their safety, here follows certain rules you should make your child aware of:

  • Before crossing the road – Look left, right and then left again
  • Cross the road by holding hands of an adult
  • Don't run or play near a road
  • Know about traffic signs and lights
  • Face the traffic if you walk on a road with no sidewalk
  • Try to get out of the vehicle on the pavement side only
  • Use a helmet while riding a bicycle, scooter or skateboard


4. Tell them to stand where they are, if they get lost

    Your children may panic a lot, when they get lost. If such situations occur, then as a parent, you can tell them to stay where they are, and inform the relevant authorities (if it is a school, inform the teacher, friend's parent or principal). And remind them not to wander aimlessly, and create further confusion. 

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5.  Warn them not to share personal information online

    Nowadays, even children are addicted to computers and hence, it is vital for you to give them appropriate safety lessons. You can teach your children not to reveal personal details such as phone number, residence details, age, school they attend etc. online. 

6.  Avoid using or carrying dangerous items

    You should advise children to avoid dangerous items such as knives, matchboxes, and other weapons for their safety. When you remove such items from your child's reach, tell them that such things are used by adults only and hence they should avoid it.

7. Teach them about good and bad attitude

    Children should be able to understand the difference between good and bad behaviours. It is your responsibility to teach and help them determine whether someone is behaving to them appropriately or not. Also, you can tell them that if some stranger tries to touch their body, they should immediately call out for help. You should also give certain exceptions such as for a doctor who has to touch them for taking care of injuries.

8. Instruct them not to keep secrets

    Secret keeping is a bad habit for elders as well as young ones. As a responsible parent, it is your duty to make them understand about the side effects of keeping secrets and reduce the fear of telling you about it. You should inculcate a feeling in them, that they can share those secrets freely to you and you will not make any judgements on the basis of it. 

9. Make your child aware of certain important contacts

    Obviously, your child may face difficulties in their school. Make sure that your child knows your contact number as well as the contact number of police (100) for handling emergency situations. This will help ensure safety for your child.

10.   Teach them about the importance of cleanliness

    Most children are unaware about the importance of cleanliness. You can teach it to them, and make them understand the consequences if they do not have proper cleanliness. Tell them to keep themselves and their surroundings clean. 

11.  Tell them to follow their instincts

    You can tell your child to follow their instincts, understand it's importance and thus be safe. Also, tell them not to do any activity that they are unsure or uncertain about, even if you feel isolated from a group.

12.  Make sure that your children can take care of themselves

    It is your responsibility to teach your children about safety and its importance in life. Hence, you can advise them to know about various safety rules and regulations and properly follow it at the right time.

Child road safety is very much important in today's busy world. Hence, it is crucial for you to teach your kid about basic safety rules and the importance of following them. There are certain simple rules you can make your kid learn right from childhood. But make sure that you use language that can be understood by them. Above all, you should make them understand about the fact that the key of safety is in their hands.


Be cautious, Life is precious

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School Bus Safety Rules for Kindergarten Students- Part I [Infographics]

 

Every child should have proper awareness on school bus safety. As a younger rider, they may have so many confusions and tensions about road safety. Hence, it is your responsibility to teach and transmit knowledge of basic road safety rules and regulations to your kids

When you give advices continuously to your children, they get frustrated and irritated. One of the best ways to convey the idea of safety in children is to show and demonstrate those safety rules in front of them.  There are certain safety rules that a child should know about and follow for their own safety.

School Bus Safety for Kindergarten Students- Part I

As a parent, you can be the most influential teacher and this can help you greatly in persuading your child to follow certain safety etiquette. You can spend some time with your child to discuss about safety and explain about its importance. As a result of this, your child  become more vigilant on the road. 

The greatest risk for your child is not riding the school bus, but nearing or leaving the bus, thus children should be cautious when they are around the school bus. Hence, it is better for them to follow certain essential safety rules and regulations, so that they can enjoy a secure and delightful journey.

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What Parents Can Do To Teach Children About Road Safety

 

Child road safety is a topic of great concern, especially on Indian roads. It’s a fact that road accidents impact everyone, including children. And so, it is crucial that parents should teach their children how to use the roads safely. Whether as a pedestrian, cyclist or as a passenger, or even in a car or on public transport, kids should be taught to stay safe.

They should also learn the importance of where to play safely, away from traffic and roads. Here are certain points that you, as a parent can teach your kids about road safety.

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Teach the Basic Principles of Road Safety

The right road crossing procedure – It is crucial that the kids should be taught a step by step way to cross the road safely.  Steps may include staying one step back from the footpath before crossing, looking in all directions for approaching traffic and crossing only when it is safe to cross the road. 

Kids should also be familiar with pedestrian (zebra) crossing and pedestrian traffic lights. In roads where there are no crossings available, they should be trained to choose a safe place. The place should be the one where vehicles and traffic signals are clearly visible. Make them familiar with traffic signals. Teach them to only cross when they can see the green WALK sign and never cross when they can see a red DON’T WALK sign.

Awareness about headphones – Parents should teach them about the disadvantage of using headphones when using roads. Listening to music or talking via phone while crossing may make it difficult to hear oncoming traffic, resulting in accidents. In case if they would like to listen to music while walking, encourage them to keep music at a reasonable volume and only use one headphone.

Let them know about driveway dangers – Learn them about the importance of being careful around driveways and ask them to stop at driveways when they are walking to check if there are cars coming in or out. They should be aware about playing behind cars. Teach them that while reversing the car, they should make sure to check there are no children or any other pedestrians nearby.

Bike safety at roads – Most bike accidents that involve kids are due to lack of experience and careless driving. So, while teaching bike riding, make sure your child learns it on the road itself under the supervision of an experienced adult. Supervision is essential until he or she understand the road rules and can exhibit good bicycle control. Teach them the importance of wearing helmets while riding and how it can save their lives in an accident.

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Safety with other wheeled devices – Other wheeled devices such as roller skates and skateboards needs to be used safely on road. If your kids are using them, make sure they are traveling within the recommended speed limit. They must be taught to keep to the far left side when traveling on a road or footpath. Also ensure they are wearing a helmet, shoes and other protective clothing such as knee and elbow pads and wrist guards to prevent injuries.

Cycling safety concerns – Before riding on roads, children should be given proper cycle training. The training should also include practical on-road cycling under supervision, thus obtaining real world experience. They should be forced to use cycle helmet at all times. Show the latest news that comes in media, where other kids are saved from accidents by wearing one.

Make them environment-friendly – While usage of cars and other private vehicles are increasing, you should also teach your kids of the environmentally-friendly modes of transport such as walking, cycling, car pooling and catching public transport. Make them understand how these modes can benefit the nature. 

Child road safety is crucial for your children’s freedom, and development, of course they should be trained to use their roads with respect.
 

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