It seems like we were just planning summer vacation and now the supplies are back on the store shelf. It’s back to school time!
Getting the kids to and from school always made me a little nervous. As parents, we are extra cautious at the beginning of the year, but like with most tasks, we fall into a routine and might not pay as much attention as we should to some important details.
Let’s talk ‘back to school safety!’ In addition to our tips below, I strongly encourage you to visit the National Sex Offender Registry before your children head out the door.
1 Have a ‘Safe List’
First things first… Do you and your child have a safe list? The list will include approximately 5-7 people based on your child’s age that would ever be allowed to pick them up from school or day care. If they drive, their cars would be the only car your child is ever allowed to get in.
Let your child provide details to you of the people on their list. No stranger danger here. Making this list should be fun and interactive. It is something that will stick with them throughout the years.
2 Know Your Child’s Route to School
Will your child be walking or riding a bike to school this year? Make the trip with them a couple of times, so you are both comfortable with the route.
3 Know the Time
Time how long it takes for them to travel each way walking or riding. This gives you an idea of what time they should arrive to school and back, A.M. & P.M. If they have a cell phone ask them to call or text when they leave and arrive both ways.
4 Safety in Numbers
If there is another child in the neighborhood going to the same school, try to arrange for them to travel together. You remember the old saying, “There is safety in numbers.”
5 Know ‘Safe Places’
Point out ‘safe places’ for your kids along the way (if there are any) in case of an emergency.