Whether your child is walking, biking, skating or riding the bus to school, make sure he is commuting safely.
Music, Texting, Talking and Crossing Safely
Typing text messages, talking on a cell phone and listening to music through earbuds each distracted students from safely crossing the street, according to a 2011 study conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham—and that potentially leads to accidents. So have your kids unplug their mobile devices before leaving home for school.
Road Risks for Kids With ADHD
Crossing the street may be particularly risky for children with ADHD, according to a July 2011 study published in Pediatrics. In a virtual experiment, kids with ADHD ages 7 to 10 did the right thing and looked both ways before stepping off the curb, but they often failed to cross safely. ADHD children appeared to have more difficulty than other kids judging car speed and identifying safe gaps in traffic. If you have a child with ADHD, provide plenty of supervised practice crossing the street, before you allow him or her to travel alone.
Children getting off the bus tend to forget about blind spots, so remind youngsters to cross the street at least 10 feet (or 5 giant steps) in front of the bus and to check for passing cars.
By reminding your kids to follow these simple precautions, you'll help keep them safe as they navigate the roadways to and from school.