Like the potential safety hazards lurking around the home, getting on the school bus can also bring its own set of dangers. The objective of the Danger Rangers is to "steer" you in the direction of preventing accidents from occurring, and there area several important precautions that parents should be aware of when it comes to bus safety.
- Parents should always make sure that someone is supervising children at the bus
stop to make certain clear ground rules are in place and are being followed – particularly
rules that prohibit horseplay in and around the street.
- Teach children to ask the bus driver for help in picking up anything they may
have dropped around the bus, as children retrieving dropped articles are oftentimes
hit by the bus or another vehicle because they are not seen by the bus driver
or by oncoming traffic.
- Children should be asked to take five large steps away from the bus and make
sure that the bus driver can see you and look you directly in the eyes to signal
it is OK to cross the street. It is still very important that children also look
both ways as they cross the street.
- Inform children that they must never speak to any stranger who talks with them
first – and that they must never accept a ride from any person unless their parents
tell them directly that it is OK. Teach kids that adults should ask other adults
for help, not kids. If an adult asks a kid for help, that child should get another adult.
- If for any reason a child feels uncomfortable or unsafe at the bus stop they need to bring it to a parent's or caregiver's attention.
Remember, planning ahead is always the best precaution. Follow these rules and your family will be Danger Ranger ready!