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5 Back-to-School Safety Tips

5 Back-to-School Safety Tips. Is your child heading back to school this fall? Safety is often a concern and with good reasoning with so many stories in the media, it’s good practice to be aware and stay inform. Check out these 5 Back-to-School Safety Tips. These tips will hopefully help you and your child have a wonderful and safe school year.

5 Back-to-School Safety Tips

5 Back-to-School Safety Tips

#1. Contact Information

Having your child learn their contact information is very important. They should know the basics like name, address, parent’s name, phone number, and even an emergency contact. You should also be very clear with your kids about whom they should give this information out to. This is a special tip for parents. Always put your child’s name on the inside of clothing. The last thing you want to do is see a stranger taking advantage of the fact your child has their name on the outside of their belongings.

#2. Get Involved

It’s important, as a parent, that you get involved in your child’s school life. When you see the people your child is around every day, this can help ease your mind. Knowing each and every adult that will be around your child is an irreplaceable part of being involved in your child’s education. You don’t need to be over zealous about it, but you can never be too safe when it comes to your children.

#3. School Bus & Car Safety Rules

Whether your child rides the bus or you drop them off at school, it’s important to talk about transportation safety rules. Your child should know not to walk out into a road without double checking for cars. They should also know the general protocol for getting dropped off and picked up. Also give them an after school protocol, who is allow to pick them up? Make sure the school is also aware of the protocol.

#4. Emergency Preparedness

We live in a day and age where your child can never be too prepared for emergencies. Take the time to talk to your child about natural disasters and disasters brought on by people. Talking to your child about these issues is about helping them to prepare for anything that may come their way. You should do this in a way that doesn’t panic them, but helps them to feel prepared. Most importantly, make sure your child knows how the school also handles emergencies. It wouldn’t hurt to equip yourself with this information as well.

#5. Communication is Important

This last safety tip is for the whole family. One way to keep everyone safe this school year is to talk about the important stuff. Role-play different situations and talk about what to do in when faced with certain situations. At the end of the day, spend a few minutes talking to your child about their day, who they encounter etc.

 

What Back-to-School Safety Tips would you add to this list?

 

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

    August 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I think you covered it really well. The only thing I could think of adding is maybe school bus safety. Listen to the driver. Hands in the bus. No goofing around or throwing things. How to cross the road in front of the bus. And maybe discussing with the older kids what they should do if the school bus was in an accident.

  2. Billie

    August 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Great tips, I think you’ve got them covered!

  3. Mimi

    August 20, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I would tell my child not to go up to any cars that stopped near them and the driver started speaking to them. We always lived in the country and I worked from home. Now we’re in a bigger place with more people and though I work from home, I still get nervous. This is a great list though!

  4. Kerri

    August 20, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I would add Walk with a purpose. Don’t be looking at your phone and unaware of who or what is around you.

  5. Jennifer @ Mom Spotted

    August 20, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Great tips! Here we have a lot of allergies so even if your child doesn’t have one, it’s important to teach them the importance of following the rules so everyone is safe,

  6. Lisa

    August 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Send back all the paperwork that school has sent home! We got stuff on book bill day so that the school knows your emergency contacts, etc.

  7. Sara P. (@SensiblySara)

    August 20, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Fantastic tips! I would reinforce stranger danger and I like the ‘walk with a purpose’ that someone else said!

  8. Chelle @ Oh Just Stop Already

    August 20, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Being involved is huge in keeping your children safe. Too many parents just send their children to school without another thought and so many things can happen they wouldn’t even know. It’s scary really.

  9. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting

    August 20, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Great tips! The beginning of the year is always a nervous time for me because I’m a worrier 😉

  10. HilLesha

    August 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

    These are such important tips!

  11. Mellisa

    August 21, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Our kids just started back to school yesterday. These are all helpful tips.

  12. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    August 21, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Def need to pass these tips to everyone whose kids are starting school in the next 2 weeks.

  13. Mel @ Outnumbered 3 to 1

    August 21, 2014 at 11:32 am

    These are great tips. I still can’t believe it’s almost back to school time!

  14. Liz Mays

    August 21, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Getting involved in the school, with the teacher and the PTO made a huge difference for me. I really got to see what was going on and I could tell what was working and what wasn’t within the school.

  15. Theres Just One Mommy

    August 23, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Definitely practicing and role playing for different situations — really helps my youngest who worries a lot.

    Pinned to my school board!

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