Safe Kids Kit for preteen safety
April 21, 2017
Pre-teens are looking for more freedom to make their own choices. This Safe Kids Kit provided by Safe Kids Worldwide provides easy-to-use resources to protect your pre-teen.
Top 3 safety concerns for pre-teens (ages 10 – 12)
1. Road Safety
The older they get, the more preteens want to do things on their own. Craving independence is normal and all part of growing up. Just make sure your kids are prepared with some safety information to help them stay safe when they are with their friends.
• Talk to your kids about driver and passenger safety. We’ll make it easy for you. Check out our Countdown2drive program, which helps you put together a passenger agreement and guidelines for teens that are specially tailored to your family.
• Kids are always watching, even when you think they’re not. So be a good example. Try to eliminate distractions by not using a cell phone or texting while driving. Teach your teen or preteen to read maps and help with finding locations.
• Make it a rule that kids younger than 13 ride like a VIP – in the back. This is the safest place for preteens and younger children to sit.
• When carpooling, make sure you have enough seating positions and booster seats for every child in your car and that kids enter and exit curbside. Children no longer need booster seats when they can pass the following Safety
2. Pedestrian Safety
Surprisingly, when it comes to walking safely, teenagers are now the most at-risk youth for pedestrian injuries. Cell phones and other handheld gadgets are causing teens to be more easily distracted, which is leading to greater risk on the roads. Make sure your preteen focuses on the road with these tips.
• If your children need to use a cell phone, make sure they stop walking and find a safe area to talk. When using headphones, kids should be sure to look up and pay extra attention and remove the headphones when crossing the street.
• Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Most injuries happen mid-block or someplace other than intersections.
• 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.
• Tell kids to look left, right and left again when crossing the street. Teach them to never run or dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
• Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
3. Bike Safety
By now, your kids should know all the basics of bike safety, and hopefully they’ve earned the freedom to explore the neighborhood with their friends and family. It’s still important to reinforce a few tips to keep them safe.
• We have a simple saying: “Use your head, wear a helmet.” It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.
• Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting. Click here for instruction on how to properly fit your child’s helmet.
• You’d be surprised how much kids learn from watching you, so it’s extra important for parents to model proper behavior. Wear a helmet, even if you didn’t when you were a kid.
• Your children’s helmet should meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards. When it’s time to purchase a new helmet, let your children pick out their own; they’ll be more likely to wear it for every ride.
• Ensure proper bike fit by bringing the child along when shopping for a bike. Select one that is the right size for the child, not one he or she will grow into.
• Before the ride, make sure the reflectors are secure, brakes work properly, gears shift smoothly, and tires are tightly secured and properly inflated.
• Teach your kids to make eye contact with drivers. Bikers should make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop before they cross the street.
• Tell your kids to ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.
• When riding at dusk, at dawn or in the evening, be bright and use lights – and make sure your bike has reflectors as well. It’s also smart to wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve biker visibility to motorists.
Information provided by Safe Kids Worldwide.