Ahead of the new school year, parents are being encouraged to help children learn the Green Cross Code ‘as they would their spelling or times tables’.
The plea comes from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), on the back of a survey which reveals two-thirds of parents do not think their children understand road dangers or concentrate properly when near roads.
The survey, commissioned for Injury Prevention Week (17-21 August), also shows one in eight parents say they are ‘very concerned’ about their children’s safety.
Sam Elsby, president of APIL, said: “The Highway Code states that children should not be allowed out alone until they can understand and use the Green Cross Code properly.
“So it is particularly important for those children who may be walking to school without a parent or guardian for the first time this term.
“I urge parents to be proactive. Support children in their knowledge and understanding as it is their best tool for avoiding harm on the roads.
“Test them in the same way you would test them on their spellings or times tables.”
Injury Prevention Week is organised by APIL – a not-for-profit organisation which campaigns to prevent needless injuries.
The 2020 week has a focus on child pedestrian safety, and uses the hashtag #IPWeek2020 on social media.