Walking with Kids: Three Tips from a B.C. Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Our Vancouver pedestrian injury lawyers appreciate the challenges that parents face. Teaching kids safe walking behavior is no simple task. It’s hard enough for adults to avoid common distractions, such as iPods, chatting with friends, and getting "lost in thought." It’s a higher-order challenge to get children to be heedful of the environment. Even kids who understand basic rules of road safety, such as “don’t run in front of cars” and “always look both ways before crossing the street,” can be hard to train.
With that in mind, here are three ideas to help your kids become safer pedestrians.
1. Eat the elephant “one bite at a time.”
Avoid teaching your kids too many pedestrian safety strategies at once. Pick a few, and then rehearse those before you move on to another set. For instance, you might start with the critical basics, such as “always look both ways before you cross the street,” and then work up to ideas such as “wait for the green man before you cross.”
2. Consider investing in kid-focused road safety videos.
Your toddler no doubt loves Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig, Caillou, and the like. Fun/educational TV can be enriching (and it can give you needed time to do the dishes and a round of laundry). As long as they're watching TV, you might as well utilize the electronic babysitter to best effect. Put one or two traffic safety videos for kids into your regular programming rotation.
3. Model proper behavior.
If your child hears you talk about "waiting for the green man" but then observes you jaywalking across a major street, what part of that mixed message do you think he or she will remember? Be a good model. Children pay attention both to what you say and to what you do, so make your actions match your words.
Need Help After a B.C. Pedestrian Crash?
The adept legal team here at McComb Witten would be happy to discuss your case and help you come up with an insightful, strategic plan to obtain compensation and justice. Call us at 604.255.9018, or pick up a free copy of our report, Your Family Doctor Could Make Or Break Your ICBC Claim, for more useful safety education.
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