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Posted on 06/01/2022 by Room to GrowHealth, Learning, Room to Grow
Teaching children about road safety from a young age is incredibly important as it prevents accidents as they get older. Road safety campaigns have been helping to reduce child road deaths but there is still a long way to go. 78% of child pedestrians involved in accidents failed to look properly, so it is important to teach things like this from a young age. It is important children understand road safety at school age as it is after school when the most accidents involving children occur.
With younger children hand holding is essential. It is also important you teach young children that they should not cross a road without holding a grown ups hand. This then teaches them valuable lessons in road safety and that the road is a dangerous place.
The green cross code was developed to keep pedestrians safe
on the road and is a good way of teaching children road safety. The green cross
code is usually taught in schools, but it is essential you take the time to
teach it at home and demonstrate it when you’re walking with your child.
Think – Find a safe place to cross the road
Stop – Stop at the kerb
Look and Listen – look left and right and listen for
Look and Listen Again
Cross the Road – If it is clear to cross, walk don’t run
We are lucky now that there are so many digital resources which do an amazing job of teaching children valuable lessons in a fun and interactive manner. The road safety charity Brake have some interactive resources which can be used to help children understand the dangers of the road and how to be safe.
Children spend a lot of time with their toys and you’ll often find them creating games with them and using their imagination to create different situations and outcomes. If you’re looking to teach your children valuable road safety tips it good be worth while enlisting the help of their toys to show them how to safely use the road. Demonstrate the green cross code to them by showing how their toys also observe these rules and the benefits they get from doing so.
One of the most important things you can do when teaching
your child about road safety is to lead by example. Children are very
impressionable which is why it is so important to teach them the correct habits
when it comes to road safety and to lead by example. When walking with your
children make sure you are also observing road safety rules and the green cross
code; don’t run across roads and wait for the safest time to cross. This
includes thing such as waiting at pedestrian crossings and not crossing when
there is a red man.
The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to
children’s road safety is to start young and keep going; always encourage them
to be safe on the road and by the time they are on the road on their own they
will have all the information to cross safely.
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