How to help your kids stay safe as pedestrians

Children can't drive, so when they need to get from point A to B, they usually walk or ride a bicycle. Therefore, parents need to teach their children well about pedestrian and cycling safety. Starting from a young age, here are some of the best principals parents will want their children to fully understand:

Look both ways. Parents should teach their children to look both ways -- left, right, and then left again -- prior to going across the street. Not only should you teach your young children this skill but you should also burn it into the minds of your teenagers. They should also only cross the road at crosswalks and intersections.

Teach children to avoid distractions. Parents need to educate their children on safely using electronic devices while on the street. Walking while wearing headphones, texting or updating Facebook is a definite no-no.

Use sidewalks when possible. Show children that it's safer to walk on a sidewalk than in the road. If there isn't a sidewalk, they should walk along the left side of the road in the direction that faces traffic but they should give oncomming cars as much space as possible.

If you can think of any other pieces of advice that your children need to learn for safety purposes, by all means educate them. If your child happens to get hurt, on the other hand, due to no fault of his or her own, learn more about your legal rights and options now. It may be possible to pursue financial recovery for their injuries and other damages.

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