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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