Sheriff Reuel A. Todd of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office offers some safety tips for those youngsters who will be walking back and forth to school this year.
“Parents should teach their children the following safety tips, which will inform their youngsters of danger signs to watch for and avoid, in walking back and forth to school,” the Sheriff said.
“Drivers should be cautious of children walking back and forth to school,” added the Sheriff. “We can all learn from the safety tips below and abide by them to make Oswego County safer for all.”
· Plan a walking route to school choosing the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, whenever possible, use intersections with crossing guards. Parents should test the route with your child(ren). Teach them to avoid parks, vacant lots, fields, and other places where there aren’t many people around.
· While walking, remember to always travel with a friend. Two heads are better than one, especially if there’s an emergency. Strangers usually pick on one person, not two.
· A stranger is anyone you or your parents don’t know well.
· You or your friends must never take candy, money, medicine, or anything else from a stranger.
· If a stranger in a car asks you questions, don’t get close to the car (you could get pulled in) – and never get in the car.
· Strangers can be very tricky – they can ask you to walk with them to “show” them something; they can offer to pay for your video game, or ask you to help them find a lost dog or cat. Don’t be fooled!
· Don’t tell anyone your name or address when you’re walking, and don’t think that because someone knows your name that they know you – they may just be looking at your name printed on your lunch box, school bag, or T-shirt.
· If you think you’re in any danger, yell, and run to the nearest store or “safe house” or back to school.