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How do you teach a child to be a safe pedestrian?

It is important to teach your children how to be safe pedestrians, whether they are walking in your neighborhood or along busy streets in Connecticut. It is recommended that you begin teaching them safe practices when they are young so these practices become habit.

One of the best things you can do is to lead by example. Safe Kids Worldwide says that when you drive, you should make sure you look for walkers and bikers. It is also a good idea to put your cellphone down when you walk near cars. These steps can help your children understand how important it is to practice safety.

Even if your children are very young, they can learn basic safety practices. Make sure they know that they should not cross the street without an adult if they are younger than ten. You should also tell them to look both ways before they cross the street. Additionally, it is a good idea to teach your children that they also need to be careful around parked cars. You should generally remind your children that sidewalks and crosswalks are the safest places for pedestrians. When sidewalks are not available, make sure your children know that pedestrians should face traffic as they walk. 

As your children grow older, they may be distracted by cellphones and other devices when they need to cross the street. You should typically teach them to take headphones off before they cross the street so they can give their full attention to their safety.

This information is general in nature and should not be used in place of legal advice.

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