If your little one is riding the bus for the first time or is a seasoned pro, itâ€™s always a good idea to review a few safety rules before the start of each school year.
Letting your child ride the bus for the first time, without you there to supervise, is stressful for parents. But there are a few things we can do to help relieve some of the stress. My biggest suggestion is to follow these simple bus-riding rules.
Here are a few steps to help your child safely ride the bus to school:
- Walk your child to the bus stop for a dry run before the first day of school.
- Teach your child to never talk to strangers.
- Be sure that if you are not walking your child to the bus stop, they are walking with siblings and/or friends. Children who travel in packs are less likely to fall prey to abductors.
- Get to the bus stop early. Stand away from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop
- Always use handrails when getting on and off bus.
- Always remain seated while bus is in motion and remain so until bus comes to a complete a stop.
- Never walk behind the bus.
- Make sure that your child knows to obey all traffic rules.
- Tell your child to let the driver know if he drops something near the bus. If they bend down to pick up something and the bus driver doesnâ€™t see them, they could potentially be run over.
What is your number one rule that you tell your child to abide by when riding the bus to school?
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