As your kids walk, bike, ride or even wait in line at the bus stop, it's important to make sure they know proper etiquette and safety rules. Here's a quick recap of basic pedestrian safety:

If your child is walking to school:

1. They should only use designated crosswalks, such as at traffic lights or marked school crossing spots.
2. Watch cars -- not lights. A green light does not mean it’s safe to walk — it means you should look for cars first, and only then begin crossing.
3. Eye contact is key. Just because you can see the driver, he or she may not be able to see you. Make certain the driver can see you before you cross -- eye contact and a wave or nod is crucial.
4. Don't be distracted -- ditch the iPhone and headphones.

If your child is biking to school:

1. Always, always wear a helmet.
2. Cars and buses can't always see bikes -- or aren't looking for them. Be sure to wear reflective clothing and ride in designated bike lanes.
3. Follow the pedestrian rules that walkers use -- eye contact with drivers, being aware of surroundings and really watching.
4. Don't be distracted -- ditch the iPhone and headphones.

If your child is waiting at the bus stop:

1. Never walk behind the bus or play near a parked bus.
2. Keep your distance from the bus. If you must cross in front of it, use the sidewalk to walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus before crossing -- and be sure the driver sees you first.
3. Always use sidewalks and walk as far from vehicles as possible.
4. Don't be distracted -- ditch the iPhone and headphones.

Most importantly -- pay attention!

Kids today are inundated with distractions -- particularly their iPhone or iPods. Make sure your child knows to pay attention while they are getting to and from school -- the text messaging can wait until they are safely home!

Source: CDC, Walk this Way! Taking Steps for Pedestrian Safety.
Photo credits: 1. Bill McChesney,
31944 2011 Blue Bird 77 Maximum Passenger School Bus | 2. Sarah M.

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