There are many things to think about as children head back to school. Keeping them and their belongings safe is bound to be one of them. We've put together a few key things to think about; from staying safe online to protecting their valuables and stranger danger.
Social media can be a good thing; most young people say they have a positive experience of it. The challenge is to ensure a balance, so that using technology does not have a negative impact on them.
We work with schools, parents and children themselves throughout the year to deliver online safety advice. You could speak to your child's school and see if they are offering any sessions. In the meantime, have a look at our top tips:
We would urge parents and carers to remind children what to do if they are approached by a suspicious stranger: shout or scream, run home or to the nearest busy public place, such as a shop, and tell a grown-up straight away.
Our partners at the NSPCC offer some good advice to help children stay safe when they are away from home. You can read it here.
It is not uncommon for a child to take high value items with them to school. To keep them safe you can:
We know the school run can be a stressful time, but we would like to remind parents to drive and park safely, legally and considerately when dropping off and picking up their children from school. We’d ask that you park correctly; not blocking driveways or roads, on double yellows or zigzags or cause an obstruction.