Just like you, your children must be vigilant when walking near home, around the neighbourhood or near school.
Your children have a new world to discover just steps away from your front door, and you can teach them safety rules for getting around on foot.
While walking, children may have difficulty:
Teach your children to look out for cars that are backing out of driveways and explain that when a vehicle is backing up, its backup lights are on.
Your children imitate you. If you don't obey safety rules, they will have trouble understanding that they should obey them.
Repeat (over and over!) that you should always stay away from large vehicles. Buses, trucks and vans have several blind spots that prevent drivers from seeing things around them properly.
Tell your children:
If your child will be starting school soon – or if he or she has already started – practise walking around the school together. This will allow you to explain:
Show the following illustrations to your children and ask them whether they remember seeing any of them. Explain what they mean and point them out during your next walk together.
|Red light: Do not cross
Yellow light: Wait, or finish crossing quickly if you have already started
Green: Cross with caution
|Fixed signal: Cross with caution
The numerical countdown indicates the time you have left to cross
|Flashing signal: Wait, or finish crossing quickly if you have already started|
|Fixed signal: Do not cross|
|Obligation or permission|
|Cross where shown by the arrow|
It is important to practise safe walking with your children often, since the environment and weather conditions can have an impact on a lot of things: