ADVICE FOR THE STREET
The best way for children to learn is to put into practice what they have learned by going out onto the streets. Always, of course accompanied by an adult holding their hand, at least until they reach 6 or 7 years of age. Whilst walking you can point out certain aspects of road safety, different signs and traffic lights, pointing out there function and how we should act when faced with them. For example, crossing the street, we never allow a child to do this alone, and use certain phrases or songs such as look left, look right before crossing to try to instill an important message.
Since children learn by example from their parents, it is best to always act in respectful and responsible manner, follow the rules, avoid taking short cuts and don’t cross the street when you shouldn’t. Once these ideas are instilled in a child it is more likely that they will use them every day (walking to the bus for example). However to test how well they are absorbing this information you can always take them on an unscheduled walk to see how they do. If the child shows a good level of knowledge when out of their normal routine, you can reward them.
To reinforce and enable education about road safety we have various online resources available. To begin with the web page www.losmaspequenosyseguridavial.com, at MAPFRE FOUNDATION, which includes a number of games, videos and tests specially designed for children between 3 and 5. With the help of some of their friends, learning can be fun.
As well as our own website at the MAPFRE FOUNDATION if we want to increase the number and variety of games and activities we have the website www.losmaspequenosyseguridavial.com, the official site of the DGT http://www.aprendeeducacionvial.es/ where you can find lots of information for children of all ages as well as educational material for educators (parents or teachers). We would advise not to over do the use of these sites at first, it isn’t something that needs to be memorized for an exam, it should be enjoyed by children to gain better awareness.