¡ Kids should carry no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight in their backpacks
¡ The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends when looking for a backpack:
o Purchase a lightweight pack that doesn't add a lot of weight
o two wide, padded shoulder straps; straps that are too narrow can dig into shoulders
o a padded back, which not only provides increased comfort, but also protects kids from being poked by sharp edges on objects inside the pack
o a waist belt, which helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body
o multiple compartments, which can help distribute the weight more evenly
¡ Wait for the bus away from the street.
¡ Wait for the OK from the bus driver to open the door and step on.
¡ Be careful getting on the bus when carrying bags and backpacks that can get caught in a door or around a seat.
¡ Wear seatbelts if possible.
¡ Remain in your seat while the bus is moving.
¡ Be careful getting off the bus, hold onto handrail and step down slowly.
¡ Upon exiting, walk in front of the bus and never behind it. And make sure the bus driver acknowledges them, and then cross the street.
¡ A child who drops something while crossing in front of a bus should never bend over to pick it up.
¡ Children should never walk between parked cars or in front of the school bus.
¡ If your child walks or bikes to school, map out a safe route.
¡ Make sure your child understands that it's never OK to accept rides, candy, or any other type of invitation from strangers.
¡ Set a time when kids are expected to arrive home from school.
¡ Have them check in with you or a neighbor as soon as they get home.
¡ Specify who, if anyone at all, is allowed in your home when you're not there.
¡ Make sure they know to never open the door for strangers.
¡ Make sure they know what to do in an emergency
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