Walking to School Safely

This page is part of our School Newsletter Inserts section.
Use these short articles in your school newsletters throughout the school year.

Walking to school is a great way for children to be active.

As a parent you can help your child learn about walking to school safely (external link):

  • Be a good role model. Demonstrate road safety rules with your child (e.g. looking both ways when crossing the street).
  • Plan a walking route. Assess potential hazards with your child. Encourage your child to stick to the route.
  • Remind your child about personal safety. Point out the houses of people you know where they can go for help if needed.
  • Adopt a buddy system. Walk with a “walking buddy” – a sibling or a friend.
  • Hold the phone. Pedestrian safety is compromised by texting, earphones and cellphone conversation. Electronics like iPods and cellphones should stay in their bag while walking to school.
  • Talk about the rules of the road and pedestrian safety.
  • Check out Active and Safe Routes to School (external link). A provincial initiative that strives to create an environment that is conducive to, and supportive of, safe, walkable communities.