With more children and teenagers owning digital devices, it is crucial that children understand the importance of pedestrian safety. Findings from a study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show that in 2011, a total of 1,152 people of all ages were treated in hospital emergency rooms in the U.S. for injuries sustained while walking and using an electronic device. According to statistics from Safe Kids Worldwide, 61 children are hit by cars every day in the United States.
As children prepare for the new school year, they need to learn and practice basic safety tips while walking to and from school, and around school buses and cars. While it is important to keep these rules in mind during the school year, they should be practiced at all times. Suggested guidelines include not walking, talking and texting at the same time, not walking with your headphones in your ears, and to be aware of your surroundings, especially in congested areas.
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