I know, school has probably already started and you are ALMOST used to your schedule….read anyways.
As I walked my daughter to school this morning, I noticed a few key things about some of our fellow walkers (most of which I past on my way back). Not to get you all scared, but children are most at risk when walking to school…especially if they do so alone. The following tips will help your child feel safer AND they’re great for fending off bullies as well
- LOOK UP. OK, I know it took weeks to convince your mom to drop that major change on those pumped up kicks, but that’s no reason to stare at them all day. Walking with your head down sends one clear message to bullies and attackers: EASY TARGET.
- If you need to talk, make the call. If your kid has a phone, they should have their nose buried in it while walking. If they need to talk to Mom, tell them to call (who DOES that?!?!?!) instead of text. Not only does it send the message of an easy target, but now you have an easy target with a phone…SCORE!
- Make eye contact. You don’t have to feel like you have to smile ALL THE TIME, but do let people know you see them. As in “I can totally pick you out of a line up if needed”. In studies (who studies this stuff? The POLICE), attackers were found less likely to follow through on an attack if they thought they could be identified.
- If you can find some responsible buddies to walk to school with you, then do it.
- Go over alternate routes with your kids. They should have at least one other way of walking to school should the need arise.
Just a few quick tips to keep your kiddos safe. I know we don’t all have the luxury of holding their hand on walks to school (hey, some don’t want us to), but an effort in keeping them safe on the walk and in the halls will show that you care about them and boost their confidence.
Have a safe and healthy day,
And yes, my kids have been taught all of this and more. You don’t travel to regions where trafficking is high without knowing how to protect yourself…