Most parents today have no choice but to depend on a school bus as a mean of transportation for their school-going children. Although not ideal, it does serve as a suitable substitute and certainly takes the burden of rushing around, getting stuck in traffic jams and being late for work, away from the parents. However, in choosing to use a school bus as the means of transportation for your child, there are certain rules and behaviour patterns that are expected and should be followed, in order to ensure the overall safety of your child. Teaching your child early on about these safety tips will help them have a more pleasant experience on the school bus.
- Getting ready with ample time to spare is probably the best first discipline to teach your child. Being ready for the bus, helps your child avoid the need to run or rush to get on the bus. Teach your child to always be ready and waiting for the bus and not the other way around.
- Caution your child to always stand at least two giants steps away from the curb edge, while waiting for the bus. While boarding the bus, there should be no shoving or pushing and if there is, teach your child to alert the bus driver or inform you, so that you can bring this to the attention of the bus drive.
- When riding on the bus, it is important to sit quietly at all times and not cause any commotion or walk about, while the bus is in motion.
- Teach your child to keep the school bag at their feet or hold the bag, as it should not be left on the bus aisle. This may cause others to trip over the bags and sustain possible serious injury. Also being alert and ready to get off before the stop is important, as this will help the child avoid rushing or accidently leaving behind stuff.
- Make sure your child understands that it is not acceptable, to lean out of the bus window at any time. Throwing things out of the bus window is also another action frowned upon.
- Eating or drinking on the bus especially when it is in motion is very dangerous as your child could choke. There is also the possibility of spilling the food and causing a mess. This could endanger other children, as they might slip and fall while getting on or off the bus.
- Always make sure your child understand that eye contact is very important. Your child should ensure the bus driver is completely aware, if there is a need for your child to cross in front of the bus after alighting. Also, teach your child to wait for instructions from the bus drive, to get on or get off the bus. The bus should be at a total standstill before this action.
It is always better to take precautions and educate your child about the dos and don’ts of using the school bus, as this will help to keep your child safe.
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