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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Offers School Bus and Other Back-To-School Safety Tips

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh experts are helping parents safely send their children back to school by offering a variety of tips on the hospital’s Injury Prevention Web site.

Topics ranging from school bus safety to school violence are covered in the more than 300 pages of the Injury Prevention Web site.

School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But children still face dangers, especially when they are boarding and exiting the 10-foot area around the bus known as the “Danger Zone.” This zone is the area where it is most difficult for the driver to see children.

Children’s Web site offers dozens of School Bus Safety tips on waiting for, riding and exiting a bus. Other tips include Street Safety advice for toddlers and preschoolers as well as school-age children, and ways parents can explain how to safely approach and cross streets while walking to and from school.

After-school activities and fall sports, like football and cheerleading, also can lead to injuries. Nationwide, doctors treat 425,000 football-related injuries in children under 15 annually, and 20 percent of high school football players suffer mild to severe traumatic brain injuries annually as well.

School violence and self-esteem also are important topics parents and families should be prepared to discuss. Children’s experts offer parents the latest advice on topics such as protecting children from bullies, creating a peaceful home and school environment and teaching children personal responsibility. The Web site also addresses the early warning signs of violence.

The Injury Prevention Web site, sponsored by attorney Edgar Snyder and Associates, offers a wealth of safety information in adult- and child-friendly versions, with interactive quizzes and animated characters to guide children through the topics. The site can be accessed at www.chp.edu, and then clicking on Injury Prevention.

Contact:
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-5016, marc.lukasiak@chp.edu.
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016, melanie.finnigan@chp.edu.

Last Update
February 20, 2008
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Last Update
February 20, 2008
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