Moving around the city is not an innate talent! Most children first experience the city and its streets autonomously when they go to school or sports practice.
How can you prepare them to face the city on their own?
Accidents are the number one concern for parents living in an urban area. And it is also one of the reasons why most parents drive their children to school every morning… Surprisingly, according to the National Interministerial Road Safety Observatory, statistics are encouraging. There has been a global downward trend for several years, due to, among other things, a radical transformation of the urban space: more pedestrian space, 30 km/h speed limit areas, pedestrian/cyclist/car shared areas with a 20 km/h speed limit, hiring of school crossing public officers… Streets in 2016 are safer than ever!
The feeling of safety is one thing, but it does not replace a comprehensive education on how to move around the city: certain principles must become reflexes:
Being vigilant and alert: until they are teenagers, children should not walk alone with headphones or their eyes fixed on a smartphone.
Being seen: do not spring between two parked cars to cross a street, and wear light or bright clothes.
It is easy to get lost when you first start walking around on your own, even on familiar routes. Teach your children to ask for assistance when they need it; in order to help them, spot stores along the way and tell your children to ask store owners for directions. Speaking to your regular baker is easier than walking up to a stranger!
From the age of 8-10, your children are ready to walk autonomously from one place to another in an urban environment. You can help them gain confidence with the Weenect Kids GPS tracker, that allows you to keep an eye on their movements and make sure they are safe, since they can call you if they need to. Urban world, here we come!Streets in 2016 are safer and more secure for your kids than ever. Click To Tweet