Thursday, September 1, 2011 Helps Parents in Keeping Their Children Safe as They Get Back to School highlights some tips to keep kids safe as they start the new school year, an online people search engine, would like to remind parents and children to keep safety in mind as the new school year approaches. Before heading off to school parents should sit down with their children and discuss the importance of safety and how to avoid potential hazards.  With a little planning kids can be on their way to a safe and successful school year.

Students should be extra cautious when traveling to and from school. offers the following Back-to-School safety tips to help students and parents alike start the year off right:

Practice the route to school before school starts: If a child will be walking or riding their bike to school each day, parents should practice the route with their children. This familiarizes the child with the safest route, allows parents to talk about safe places to cross the street, and helps to identify potential hazards to avoid along the route. For children who plan to ride the bus, parents and children should visit the bus stop together and become familiar with the bus number and route. In selecting the route, use the most direct route with the fewest unprotected street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.

Choose well-lit routes and don’t take short cuts: Advise children to avoid areas where they can’t be seen or heard and explain the importance of always staying on the designated route 
Use crosswalks and follow traffic signals. Parents should educate their children on how to safely cross the street. Younger children should always have supervision.

Use the Buddy System: There’s safety in numbers.  If possible, children should walk to or from school with a buddy or classmates.

Identify “Safe” places along the route where a child can go in case of an emergency: Perhaps it’s a trusted neighbor, shopkeeper or fire station along their route.  Contact the designated “Safe” places to let them know prior to the school year starting.

Know the neighborhood: In addition to identifying “Safe” places along a child’s route, also point out areas or houses to avoid.  Parents should use to run a property report on the area and get details about convicted sex offenders in the area or perform a background check on any suspicious person on the route.

Agree on a family password: Teach children about the dangers of strangers and instruct them to never go anywhere with someone who does not know the family password. Practice different scenarios so they are aware of some of the things people may say to persuade them to go with them.

Ensure the child knows important contact information:  Parents should create a note card that lists important numbers and emergency information.  Use’s people find and reverse phone lookup to find the important phone numbers. When finished laminate the card and with the child find a special spot in their backpack where they can find it if they ever need it.

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