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Aug 28th, 2017

Children taking the city bus for the first time

by Carmen Scott

Category: Articles, Information & Tips on Parenting

September means back to school, and back to school means hundreds of kids will be taking the city bus to and from school. Here are some tips to keep your kids safe when they take the bus on their own.

  • Carry a backpack and not large bags or totes.Backpacks allow kids to be hands free, and by keeping both hands free or at least one, will make them less vulnerable.
  • Make sure all the zippers, snaps, pockets and Velcro on the backpack are closed. You don't want your phone or wallet to be in plain sight.
  • Keep your change or bus pass in your pocket, and not at the bottom of your school bag.
  • Always be alert to your surroundings, and make sure you are aware of who is near you.
  • Arrive 10 minutes early to your bus stop; this will make sure that you get to your destination on time. Make sure that your parents know your designated bus stop coming and going. Sit near the driver and stay alert to your surroundings. This means no reading, texting or head phones.
  • Discuss what happens if you miss your bus and have a plan B. Make sure you have a bus schedule and a charged cell phone with you. Remember you can always ask the driver for help.

Have a trial run through - first with you and your child on the bus and if they are still anxious, your child can take the bus and you can follow in the car. The most important thing is for your child to be confident when taking the city bus For more information check out BC Transit .

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