Teaching My Children all about Road Safety…

What age should you start teaching your children about road safety? I don’t think they are never too young to start. With both my girls the talks started naturally when we were in the car and they would ask why I have stopped the car, when we haven’t arrived at Nanny’s house. I would explain to them about the traffic lights and how we have to wait for them to turn green and we stop at red lights.

This is an easy concept for them to grasp and because we stop at A LOT of traffic lights, they soon pick it up and it can become a game to entertain them too.

As Alice got older and wasn’t in her pushchair as much I could transfer this to the pedestrian crossings and that now it was a red or green man to wait for. Of course you also have the added excitement of pressing the button.

For me it was just something naturally that I started to teach my girls, without putting too much thought into it. I guess a lot of it came from having been taught myself as a child. The green cross code is definitely built into me.

Since Alice started school, we would pass the juniors school on the way to her school and outside the junior school is a lollipop lady. Something that Alice hadn’t seen before, which led to us talking about what their job is. I told her all about the lollipop lady I had when I went to school and by sharing these stories she would happily listen.

In August for her birthday Alice got a bike, until then she had a balance bike which she hardly used to be honest. But she loved her bike and its her favourite thing to do now. Thankfully she already had a helmet because she wears one when she is on her scooter (yes, I am that mum!). I’ve never had any problems with her not wanting to wear her helmet, it is what she has always done and she knows I won’t let her on it without one.

But, she understands that safety comes first. Recently I’ve been doing a road safety game from Accident Advice Helpline, which she has loved doing. It’s interactive with a boy walking down the road who comes across different things and Alice has to answer questions. The questions are all around road safety and gives her a multiple choice answers.

It tells her about the red and green man and when it’s safe to walk, there is a lollipop lady which she loved seeing and also being safe on your bike. Plus more.

What surprised me most, and not because I don’t think Alice is clever, because as her mum of course I do. But, she actually did really well and knew the correct answers. It looks like my natural approach to teaching Alice about road safety has sunk into her brain more than I realised.

At the end there is an option to get a certificate and we all know how much children love a certificate.

Do you teach your children about road safety? Any top tips you would like to share?

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  1. 13/01/2017 / 14:11

    It really is never too young to teach them. I often see children from the local secondary school walking out in front of cars without looking and it is so worrying. I’ve instilled road safety in my own boys from a very early age thankfully!

    Stevie x
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  2. 13/01/2017 / 14:12

    I’ve always talked about this quite naturally when we’re crossing the road too, and I’m really grateful that Max has cottoned onto things very quickly. It may have something to do with his love of cars too – we’re always ‘checking for cars’!

  3. 13/01/2017 / 14:24

    It’s such a natural thing to include on trips out isn’t it? Toby loves telling me whether to stop, get ready or go! I’ll check out the game xx

  4. 13/01/2017 / 19:15

    We often have the conversation about why we’ve slowed down or stopped at traffic lights in the car. We also talk about holding hands to cross roads and when in car parks and why it’s important. You do it naturally but having s resource to really help with the messages is always handy. I’ll check these out.
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  5. 14/01/2017 / 21:14

    I am so hot on road safety as I’m a childminder so walk between 3 – 6 children to and from school. We do lots of activities around it on a regular basis. Their never to young to learn about being safe when out and about. Such an important message.
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  6. 16/01/2017 / 07:11

    Oh that game sounds just perfect. It is one of the most important things we can do to teach our children road safety. Mine are at the stage where they are out and about without me – it terrifies me even though I know they are aware. Teens want to use headphones (I say no!) and they are often being silly with their friends – you have to set those rules of safety from a very young age which sounds like you are. This is a really important post xx #MarvMondays

  7. 16/01/2017 / 09:16

    Road safety is so important and something I’ve instilled since my eldest was little. We’d always stop and bump the button and wait for the green man, and now ensure we look both ways before crossing the road. If there’s a car approaching I’ll quickly hurry her across the road. In year 5 she’s allowed to walk to and from school with parental permission and whilst I will probably say no, it’s good for her to get a bit more independence and there’s only one side road to cross so relatively safe. Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays
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  8. 16/01/2017 / 17:14

    I think it’s important to be talking about it as soon as possible. There is a crossing near our house, and even when my girls were still in the pram, I would get them looking out for the green man to tell me when we could cross, and we always say “Thank you, green man” as we cross, so that they know they can only cross when he tells them to.

    We also have a road near us that is a dead end. When my daughter was 4, I started letting her cross that road by herself (with me stood on the other side, watching). This gave her great practice and made her feel really grown up. Now she’s almost 6 and when we’re walking home from school, I get her to check whether it is safe for us to cross so that she’s in the habit of checking every time.

    That game you mention sounds like a really good idead. I think I might check that out #MarvMondays
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  9. 16/01/2017 / 20:24

    My kids have quite limited understanding for their ages but there’s some great advice here and I agree that if you consistently do the same thing each time you come to traffic lights etc then eventually kids will pick up on it and start to understand eveb if they don’t understand what you are verbally saying to them. Road safety is so important so it’s a fab out to write and share.

    #Marvmondays

  10. 17/01/2017 / 21:44

    It’s so important to teach children about road safety. My girls are pretty good with understanding the road but I still try my best to learn them more about how dangerous it is.
    #MarvMondays
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