Safe Return to School

STOP, LOOK, LISTEN AND THINK

Returning to school after being in lock down might be quite daunting for some young people, said Kidsafe Road Safety Manager Peter Gillon.

Here are some important things for you to know and somethings to share with your child about good road safety practise:

From 5 to 9-year-old

  • Always supervise your child near traffic, particularly when crossing the roads.
  • Teach your child how to walk across roads safely. Children must first stop at the kerb. They need to look and listen for traffic, wait for vehicles to stop before deciding if it is safe to cross. (STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK)
  • Make the trip to school together along the safest route and use safe crossing places as an example for your child to follow.
  • Arrange for your child to be supervised on the way to and from school, and during or after school activities if you are unable to be there.
  • Explain words like “fast”, “slow”, “near” and “far”. Talk about signs and traffic lights and the safe places to cross. Point out dangerous places and where not to cross- near curves and where things might hide children from view.
  • Never call children from the other side of the road.
  • Make sure children get in and out of the car on the kerb side door, that is all children across the back seat.
  • Wearing clothes that can be seen when walking, such as high vis colours is best.

At Kidsafe we want parents and children to have practical advice to approach everyday life safely and reduce unintentional injury in young people.

In 2014-15 transport injuries claimed the lives of 41 children aged 5-14 years and in addition 5,506 were admitted to hospital for injuries. AIHW (2018)

For further information contact Pete Gillon   Road Safety Manager Kidsafe Tas.    M: 0407 692 403