You can help your child to be safe and learn how to be aware of what is going on around them on the road. This will help them to build the skills they need to become independent when they are older.
Your child will learn about road safety by watching and copying you.
Things You Can Do To Help
If you are using a buggy, pram or pushchair always strap your child in, and keep it away from the edge of the road.
Hold your child’s hand when walking outside. If your child might pull away from you, you could try safety reins or a wrist strap.
Talk to your child about road safety from a young age. You could try using games and rhymes. Visit the library to find some new books to read.
Always follow the Green Cross Code - Stop, Look, Listen. Don’t forget the hedgehogs!
You can teach your child about road safety by following these hints and tips;
Never assume a driver will stop for you at a pedestrian crossing, wait for them to stop before crossing.
When walking where there isn’t a pavement, walk on the right hand side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
Wear something bright or reflective to make yourself seen.
Avoid walking next to the kerb with your back to the traffic.
Look out for motorcycles and bicycles travelling between lanes of traffic.
Make sure when crossing the road you can get to the pavement without having to walk around obstacles i.e. parked cars, road works, skips etc.
When crossing at any pedestrian crossing keep looking both ways. Sometimes drivers go through red lights.
When walking with children, keep them on the side of the path furthest away from the traffic.
Be aware of the distraction caused by headphones or texting while you are walking.
Who can Help?
You can also contact a member of the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
The Norfolk County Council website offers many different options for road safety for children and young people, including Road Safety Education.