Safety Tips-Back to School

Seasonal Safety Tips - Back to School

Help your child achieve an "A" safety average. 

Before they leave -- do your homework.

  • Inquire about your school's safety policy.
  • Never place your child's name on their clothing or lunchbox.
  • Give proper streetproofing advice by teaching your child how to respond to situations as opposed to individuals.  Help them maintain a balance between caution and confidence.
  • Make sure your child has memorized their personal information and knows how to contact you.
  • If your child will be walking to and from school, take time to familiarize them with the best route by walking the route with them.
  • Test your child's knowledge of the area by having them make a map of your neighbourhood.
  • Use the buddy system.
  • Review road safety.
  • Maintain current photos and information.

Electronic devices

Electronic devices such as cell/smart phones and iPods can distract your child and attract the attention of criminals.   Minimize the risks associated with carrying electronic devices by only providing responsible and age appropriate children with these devices. 

Periodically advise your children who use these devices to:

  • Limit the use of iPods and other devices using earphones in isolated areas and while crossing roadways and railway tracks.
  • Avoid using these devices in isolated areas or where no adults are around.
  • Lock your devices when not in use and keep them on your person or locked in a secure place while participating in activities such as sporting events.

Other precautions:

Record the serial number of your device (battery compartment) and/or obtain your International Mobile Equipment Identification (IMEI) number by typing #06#. 

After school -- do your studies.

  • Try to establish good lines of communication and remain informed of events in your children's daily lives.
  • Get to know your child's friends and their parents if you can.
  • Locate computers with internet access in an active area of your home so that you can casually monitor its use.

When driving -- achieve a passing grade.

  • Always be on the lookout for children.
  • Watch your speed.
  • Watch for and obey school bus signals.