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What can teachers do to encourage the use of child restraint systems?

What can teachers do to encourage the use of child restraint systems?


Road safety education should of course start at home. Nevertheless, schools and teachers also play an important role in heightening their young students' awareness of this issue. Teachers can obviously contribute significantly to bringing about a more widespread use of child restraint systems.

In fact, the teacher can spread this message both to the students and to their parents. The teacher can explain to their young students how important it is to always travel safely by car and how to do it. This is particularly important when dealing with children that do not want to use the child restraint system and get into the seat rather grumpily or without realising why they have to travel in it when an older brother or sister may perhaps not have to.

It is so important to explain to them from a very early age about all the different steps and the reasons why they should always be fastened in a child car seat until they can begin using a seat belt. This is undoubtedly a message that should come from the parents themselves and within the family environment, but which should then be reinforced in school.

Fortunately, educational centers are committed to promoting road safety and spend a number of school hours on this topic. Of course, the amount of time dedicated to this varies from center to center.

Spending a day discussing the importance of child restraint systems helps young children to understand how a simple child car seat can help them to avoid getting hurt or having any serious consequences. Moreover, if this is done on a regular basis we can make sure that this message is hitting home even more effectively.

An inspirational teacher can reinforce and bring out the best in each child. It is worth recalling that children learn through observation and imitation. How a person behaves in front of them can be a strong stimulus for them. Therefore it is important for this same teacher to drive appropriately on the roads and that the children see this action and this behavior in their own environment, especially within the family unit, and among friends, etc.

Clearly it is extremely important for this message to be reinforced in the child's own home environment. Teachers can also discuss the importance of child restraint systems with the parents themselves. Above all, it is the family (Spanish) themselves who can ensure that the child always travels in the safest way possible, with a child restraint system suitable for their height and weight and that the child is always well-fastened. In fact, a report by Fundación MAPFRE found that 93 percent of people surveyed recognised that road safety was firstly down to the parents.

Fundación MAPFRE's Accident Prevention and Road Safety Area offers specific materials for families, with educational resources, leisure activities, how to answer those first questions, etc.

There is also a section for teachers, with information on the accident prevention and road safety education program, the road safety education caravan and the children's traffic playground of the Fundación MAPFRE.

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