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Teaching Your Kids how to Safely Ride the School Bus

Posted on August 24th, 2010 by

When you had your baby you spent a lot of time researching about safety precautions, what to do and what not to do to raise your child. The first thing any parent does is make sure the car seat is properly mounted. In fact, statistics prove that many parents do not know how to properly install their children car seats. Luckily, they come with a handbook that tells you step-by-step how to safely set up your baby’s ride. To be double sure that you properly installed it, you may choose to go to your nearest police station or fire station and they will be more than glad to assist you.

But, what happens when your child grows up and it is time to ride the school bus alone? There is no handbook this time but you still need to make sure they are safe.

Assuming they will know what to do is like taking for granted that the car seat was properly installed without double checking. As a parent, there are many things you can do to assure your child’s safety when they are away from home. Before school starts (if you missed the deadline by a few days, it is never too late) sit down with your kids and talk about safety precautions. They might be bored to hear the “don’t talk to strangers” talk but you should ALWAYS emphasize it. Keep the communication arena opened. If your children feel comfortable talking to you about anything, there will be less chances of them being harmed in any way. This is even more important after a relocation as they will be new not only to the school, but also t0 the environment as well.

To relieve their stress of the first day of school, role playing is a good technique for them to get a better grasp of what you are saying. Practice at home using your vehicle. Look for a street that is not too crowded and teach them how to properly cross the street and board the bus and get off it. Another thing is to make sure you put a tag inside your child’s book bag where you include your phone number, address and any other emergency contacts. This is a lifesaver in case your child gets confused and jumps in the wrong school bus.

Here are a few pointers to teach your child in order for them to have a pleasant trip to school:

  1. Role play how to ride the bus. It might sound ridiculous, but many kids have no idea what to do. Besides, those first days they will be so nervous that you can’t expect a lot of common sense. Teach them the number one rule: DO NOT cross in front of the bus. This is a major hazard as these buses are so big that the driver might not see you. In addition, regular drivers’ visibility will also be blocked by the huge bus. Tell them to wait on the side of the road until the bus pulls away. Before they cross the street, teach them to look both ways and cross when no vehicles are nearby.
  2. Just like you included a little tag with the emergency contacts and information, make sure you add the number of the school bus they are supposed to ride. At the end of the school day there will be lots of school buses lined up. It is normal for your kid to get confused. To prevent any confusion, let them know that you wrote down the school bus number.
  3. Also, tell your child that it is imperative for them to learn what their bus driver looks like, including their name. Since they are going to be the one driving them to and from school, it is good to have a good relationship with them.
  4. If they are new to school, it may take a while for them to make some friends. Riding the bus is a good way for them to get to know their new classmates and eventually they can end up with a bus buddy.
  5. Avoid wearing loose accessories in the clothing to avoid any accidents. You don’t want any of those “modern” dangling chains to get caught in the bus door.
  6. Last but not least, a positive attitude is a must. This is where they should put in practice their courtesy manners. As fun as riding the bus is, they need to be safe first. Distracting the driver with misbehavior is a no-no. So emphasize that there should be no screaming, yelling or playing on the school bus. Not only will it be distracting for the bus driver, but it could also annoy your fellow riders.

Tags: back to school, children, school bus

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One Response to “Teaching Your Kids how to Safely Ride the School Bus”

  1. John Trilli

    I was just was doing some research and impressed by the information you have. Just exactly what I searched too. Write more! We need to be safe with our kids.

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