Fortunately, violence against children on their way to school is an exception. However, 10 simple measures can help to further minimise the risk and increase your child’s security.

 

1. CHOOSE THE SAFEST WAY

The shortest way is not always the safest. Pick a way that is popular with other pedestrians and where there are places where your child can ask for help. Drive into your child that it should never leave this way.

 

2. HIGHER SAFETY IN A GROUP

There are certainly other children that have a similar way to school. Talk to their parents and suggest that the children form a group. Every child should be told never to leave the group.

 

3. KEEP DISTANCE

Practice with your child how to act towards strangers who want to lure them into their car. Your child does not have to be afraid of every stranger, of course, but it should be able to make clear that the stranger better asks an adult to get the desired information.

 

4. THERE ARE NO SECRETS

Make clear that your child should not keep any secrets from the parents! Secrets are exciting and that is what the wrongdoers make use of. Tell your child that it can and should talk about everything with you.

 

5. DO NOT ATTACH THE NAME & ADDRESS TO THE BACKPACK

Do not attach the name and address to the backpack so that it is openly visible. Rather attach it somewhere inside.

 

6. AGREE UPON A CODE WORD

You should agree upon a code word that other parents have to say when they fetch your child instead of you. Your child should only go with them, if they know the code word. Drive that into your child.

 

7. PRACTICE SCREAMING

Practice screaming with your child. Point out the importance of screaming as loud as possible in order to be well heard if necessary.

 

8. SEEKING HELP WITH OTHER PEFESTRIANS

Practice with your child how to ask other pedestrians for help effectively. It is best if your child asks one concrete person so that they feel responsible. For instance; “Excuse me! Yes you with the blue bike. Would you mind to help me? I’m afraid because this man is following me…“

 

9. FIX LIMITS

Tell your child what other adults are allowed to do and what they are not allowed to do. Practice this together with friends and family. Your child should know which rules and restrictions other adults must not break.

 

10. PRACTICE INCREASES SECURITY

Talk about those 10 rules with your child several times. Ask friends / family to help you practice those rules with role plays. However, you should not frighten your child! Practicing those rules is meant to be a game. Your child should know that!

 

 

In our CWTO-classes for children, we talk about those 10 rules as well as other possibilities of behaviour and practice them carefully. Feel free to contact our qualified instructors should questions arise. You can also just show up at one of our CWTO-classes for children.