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Help kids get a gold star in safety with these tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.

School Bus Safety
  • Walk with kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
  • Teach kids to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and never to walk behind the back of bus.
  • If children need to cross the street after getting off the bus, they should take five giant steps in front of the bus and make eye contact with the bus driver, crossing when the driver indicates it's safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
Carpooling/Riding to School
  • Always use child safety seats and/or safety belts correctly every time you ride. Never carry more passengers than there are safety belts in the vehicle. Visit www.carseatsmadesimple.org for age-specific child passenger safety guidelines and to learn more about Minnesota's car seat and booster seat law.
  • The back seat is the safest place for children of any age to ride.
  • Check with the school about designated drop-off areas; make sure kids enter and leave the car on the curb side.
Walking to School
  • Choose the safest route and walk it with children. Look for the most direct route with the fewest street crossings. Try to choose routes where school safety patrols will be present.
  • Have young kids practice looking left, right and left again before crossing the street, and keep looking and listening while crossing. It's always best to walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Make sure young kids cross the street with an adult or older child.
  • Distraction among drivers is at an all-time high today, so remind kids to make eye contact with the driver before they step into the road.
  • Remind kids, if they need to use the phone, stop walking. Remove headphones when crossing the street.
Biking to School
  • Make sure children have the right size helmet and wear it every time when riding.
  • Select a safe route and bike it with kids.
  • Children should ride on sidewalks (being alert for vehicles in driveways) or bike paths until around age 10. Children should be able to show they know how to follow the rules of the road before cycling with traffic.
  • Remind children to stay alert and watch for cars and trucks.
For Drivers
  • Follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops.
  • Be alert to kids walking to or from school or the school bus.
  • Slow down and stop if you're driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red) and children are getting on or off.

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