How to: Pedestrian safety

Teaching children how to cross the road and use the pavement safely

Crossing the road - key messages

• Holding hands keeps younger children safer

• Stop, Think, Look and Listen

• Find a safe place to cross (use a crossing point if possible)

• Keep looking and listening as you cross

• Make sure you can see and be seen

• Walk, never run

• Don’t be distracted


Using the pavement - key messages

• Holding hands keeps younger children safer

• Make sure you can be seen

• Walk, never run

• Stay focused on the environment around you (don’t be distracted)

• Younger children should walk on the inside of the pavement (away from the road) when accompanied

• Walk towards oncoming traffic (when walking alongside the road without a pavement)


Ideas to help teach these messages

• Practical is best - take children (and parents) to the road side and demonstrate

• Identify and learn names of various crossing points/types

• With younger children practice holding hands, stopping, looking and listening through lively games in a safe environment

• Use engaging verbal or pictorial presentations (i.e. Powerpoint)

• Use a video to demonstrate visibility and blocked visibility (parked cars)

• Use a maths exercise to measure stopping distances

• Use a science experiment to demonstrate fluorescent and reflective materials

• Use a compare and contrast exercise using photos of people in bright, fluorescent and reflective clothing and people in dark/dull clothing


Resources for download

THINK! Education Early Years & Primary Website
(Teaching ideas, curriculum links, activities, worksheets and more resources for children from pre-school age to 11 years)

Advanced Pedestrian Training Powerpoint Presentation
(Age range TBC)

Green Cross Code Powerpoint Presentation
(Age range TBC)

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