Cell Phones a Danger to Child Pedestrians (page 2)

Cell Phones a Danger to Child Pedestrians

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Updated on Mar 12, 2009

“I see cell phones as primarily a good thing,” Schwebel says. “The message here is that children think about when they’re using the phone. Children need to be taught to finish their phone calls before they cross the street.”

The key is to not walk and talk. Perhaps this should be the first rule parents explain to their children when giving the gift of a cell phone. Additional tips (compiled from Safe Kids USA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the U.S. Department of Transportation) for teaching children pedestrian safety rules include:

  • Do not cross the street alone if you’re younger than age 10
  • Never play in the road
  • Always try to walk on paths or sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks or paths, walk facing road traffic
  • Look left, right, and left again for traffic before stepping off the curb
  • Cross only at intersections and crosswalks
  • Know and obey safety rules (e.g., if a “don’t walk” signal starts blinking when you’re halfway across an intersection, continue walking)
  • Walk, do not run, into the street
  • Dress in bright colors or wear retro-reflective materials so drivers can easily see you
  • See and be seen
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