How a few rules can make walking to school a safe and healthy activity
Today most parents insist on driving their children to school even though walking is healthier; kids get exercise and there’s no emissions. While it’s important that children walk in a group and know the rules of the road, the reality is, walking to school is pretty safe says Michael Thompson, psychologist and author of Homesick and Happy. “I think the fact that we drive our children everywhere has something to do with our fear rather than what our children need. The risks are not that great. The risk of your child being hurt in a car accident with you are far great than anything happening to them on the walk to school. 30 years ago, 80% of children walked or biked to school. In the States that’s down to 13%. I’d like parents to have the courage to allow their children a reasonable walk to school because it helps the child grow. And a group of children of four or five are probably very, very safe.”
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