5 Back to School Safety Tips

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Class Act

Everyone here knows the truth of the matter: You couldn’t be happier about your kids getting out of your hair and going back to school, right? We understand completely.

And now that your mini-me’s are back in their natural habitat and among their own, now’s a great time to brush up on ways to keep them safe as they head back to class.

Here are 5 safety tips for a productive and healthy school year.

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Make sure they’ve got the basics down.

Even if you drop off and pick up your child at school each day, anything could happen during the seven-hour span that they’re out of your sight. That’s why it’s imperative that your children have the basics down. Make sure that they know:

  • Their phone number and address
  • How to reach you at work
  • How to reach another trusted adult
  • How to call for emergency help (911)

Also, train your children to not leave the school grounds with people they don’t know.

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Monitor their online behavior

With a healthy number of kids using the Internet beginning at age three, it’s safe to say that your grade-schooler likely has some experience surfing the web. That’s why it’s important to be aware of their online activities at all times. What websites are they visiting? Are they engaging with anyone? Are they spending too much time online? These are questions that you can get the answer to with one, or a combination of, the following:

  • Consistently checking the browser history on any gadget they use
  • Making all devices password-protected to prevent access when you’re not around
  • Only allowing online access when you’re there to supervise their activity
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Make sure backpacks aren’t too heavy

Your little scholar may be toting around some big reading materials that could lead to backpack-related injuries if you’re not careful. To prevent your child from hurting himself, keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Select an ergonomically designed backpack that promotes comfort
  • Make sure that a packed bag weights no more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight
  • Choose a bag with two straps and ensure you child uses both to evenly distribute the weight; avoid messenger bags or other single-strap styles.
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Make sure your child can handle being home alone

For kids who are young enough to still get themselves into trouble if left to their own devices, having the responsibility of staying by themselves after school is a big deal. Make sure they stay safe by:

  • Discussing home safety issues like fire, carbon monoxide and burglary with them
  • Developing a plan of action in case any of these catastrophes actually happens
  • Teaching them the importance of home security basics such as locking the door behind them, and instructing them on how to use your home security system.
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Boost their peace of mind (and yours) by installing home security cameras

If you’ve decided that your child is mature enough to handle being alone for a while after school, you’d probably still like to be able to keep an eye on them, right? That’s where home security cameras come in. The latest camera setups:

  • Link directly to your alarm system
  • Enable you to view a live feed of your home right from your smart phone
  • Allow you to peek in on your child whenever you want

Your kids will feel more confident about being home alone knowing that they’re never out of your protective sight.

Back to school season is an exciting time for families. Make the most of it by continuing to keep safety priority number one.

SOURCES
http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Keep-it-Safe-When-You-Head-Back-to-School
http://www.nsc.org/learn/Pages/keep-children-safe-at-school.aspx
http://www.nsc.org/NSCDocuments_Advocacy/Fact%20Sheets/Back-to-School-Checklist.pdf
http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/AA3_Full_Report.pdf
http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/archive/documents/Duracell_safetytips.pdf
http://www.liveoutnanny.net/blog/12-tips-for-parents-of-latchkey-kids/
http://saferoutespartnership.org/sites/default/files/pdf/school_bus_cuts_national_stats_FINAL.pdf
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/10029180/Children-using-internet-from-age-of-three-study-finds.html

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