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The role of schools in teaching road safety

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10/07/2015

Returning to our initial thought, it is quite logical to assume that parents are responsible for teaching road safety within the family group and so must never make the mistake of leading by a bad example however unintended, but the part played by schools is crucial when trying to instil simple rules, attitudes and teaching practises. The parents and the school play complimentary roles in this.

What is the duty of schools in Child Road Safety Education?

The duty of the school in child road safety must be by example. That is to say, apart from teaching the basics of road safety, schools must provide examples of how to deal with complicated situations in traffic, both for pedestrians and vehicles.

It is evident that the school can reinforce these ideas from the moment a child is left at the school until they are collected again at the end of the school day. In this way, although there are different responsibilities and levels of expertise, the school can try to improve the following aspects of them:

  • Facilitate easy drop-off for the parents
  • Provide a teacher or responsible person at the school gates to help with safety so parents don’t have to wait to make sure their children are safely within the school grounds
  • Teach the children the best way to board and leave school transport, the use of zebra crossings and traffic lights and instil the need to always be alert.
  • They can also put pressure on the council to ensure that there are safe drop-off points, decent sidewalks, and traffic police to help maintain the flow of vehicles, parents and pupils...

It can also be possible to organise Road Safety Days (Pequevial is a good example of this), learn how to be pedestrians, and cross the road safely, learn how the traffic light function and why they are important and many other lessons important the children’s development.

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