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Three bad examples to avoid with our children

Latin America. Goal: a drastic reduction in road deaths

05/08/2015

It is therefore very important that we as, parents, teachers grandparents or cousins and brothers and sisters, set a good example to children. But wait a minute, only our children? No, as adults we must set a good example to all children, simply out of respect for them and the way they are taught to become responsible members of society.

A good demonstration of this is by acts of generosity and kindness.

A really good example is given freely and without reward apart from knowing that we have acted correctly and this may have planted a seed in the development of a child. However small the seed, they all add up.

The opposite, a bad example, is easy to make but can be very damaging in the future development of children by confusing them as to how adults follow the rules, while others will go over their heads. Setting a bad example may be voluntary or involuntary but either way it just serves to confuse their young minds.

1. - Crossing the Street anywhere at any time.

This is one of the most common bad examples to influence children. As parents, we should follow the rules (and if you think about it, it makes sense) and set an example to our children, and explain why it is wrong when they see other children on the hand of a grandparent, crossing in the middle of a roundabout. These are common activities, which are unfortunately usually carried out by adults 

They may see their big brother and a pal crossing the Street when the light is red or even where there is a central reservation dividing a dual carriageway. These actions are usually performed by grown ups without thinking there may be children watching them. This should not happen, if nothing else out of respect to parents that are trying to teach their children and of course to the children themselves.

2. - Parking badly to do a quick job. This can be a very detrimental example to set, by not taking notice of the road signs. Using an excuse to not take notice of the parking regulations (“it’s only for a minute”, “call me if the Police come”), reinforces the idea in a child’s mind, that we can do as we wish so long as we have an excuse. Children are very observant, don’t underestimate their capacity to understand exactly what is happening.

3. - Arguing with other drivers and pedestrians, or ridiculing the police or the traffic regulations is something that we see everyday, but it sets one of the worst examples possible, going beyond road safety and becoming an issue of civility. A hostile attitude towards other drivers or pedestrians (regardless of sex) and a willingness to ridicule the regulations and make a joke of the law can have such an influence on children, that they will eventually behave in the same way when they become adults.

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