A message to parents from a pre-k child:
I want to be safe. Did you know that my ability to judge distance and speed won’t be fully developed until I am 10 years old? So until then, without your help, I can hurt myself just crossing the street, or playing in my own driveway. I don’t know what the red, yellow, and green lights mean, or that drivers might not even see me because I’m small. I’m fast too, and when I’m playing outside, I get excited and I might run out of my yard or play- space into the street and not even know
I’m in danger. You can help me stay safe by explaining the safety rules to me and by setting example when you follow the safety rules too. Let’s both be safe!
- Do not let me cross the street alone if I am younger than age 10.
- Since I am just a preschooler, supervise me at all times.
- When you cross a street with me, hold my hand and stop at the curb.
- Look left- right –left for traffic in all directions and keep looking as we cross.
- Let’s walk, not run as we step into the crosswalk.
- Let’s always walk on the path or sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, we can walk facing traffic.
- Don’t let me play in the road or the driveway.
- If you are backing out of the driveway, make sure you can see me!
- When I follow your lead by following the rules just like you, praise me. Then I’ll want to do it again
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