Road Safety - Younger Children
• If you are using a buggy, pram or pushchair always strap your child in, and keep it away from the edge of the road
• Hold your child’s hand when walking outside. If your child might pull away from you, you could try safety reins or a wrist strap
• Talk to your child about road safety from a young age. You could try using games and rhymes, such as Brake.org's activities *Click Here*
• Always follow the Green Cross Code - Stop, Look, Listen. Don’t forget the hedgehogs!
You can teach your child about road safety by following these hints and tips;
- Never assume a driver will stop for you at a pedestrian crossing, wait for them to stop before crossing
- When walking where there isn’t a pavement, walk on the right hand side of the road facing oncoming traffic
- Wear something bright or reflective to make yourself seen
- Avoid walking next to the kerb with your back to the traffic
- Look out for motorcycles and bicycles travelling between lanes of traffic
- Make sure when crossing the road you can get to the pavement without having to walk around obstacles i.e. parked cars, road works, skips etc
- When crossing at any pedestrian crossing keep looking both ways. Sometimes drivers go through red lights
- When walking with children, keep them on the side of the path furthest away from the traffic
- Be aware of the distraction caused by headphones or texting while you are walking.
Who Can Help?
You can also contact a member of the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
The Norfolk County Council website offers many different options for road safety for children and young people. Click here to learn about Road Safety Education.