An excerpt from my article posted on Yahoo Shine . . .
Recently our school district, like many school districts across the United States, cut back their busing routes. In our school district we have money for salaries and we have buses, but what we don’t have are bus drivers. As a result many students, not just in our school district but many others, are walking to school and home, quite often alone. While some parents may have had concerns about the safety of buses, now we have a whole new set of worries such as how to avoid dangerous drop offs, perilous pick-ups and wild walkers.
Stranger dangers. I don’t know if it is because of the increase of children walking to and from schools, that stranger dangers are being noticed more, or are stranger dangers just becoming more aggressive in their techniques? Whatever the reason, it seems that in our district, as well as others there are an increasing number of reports about strangers approaching children at bus stops or as they are walking home. Some students have even been assaulted and only by quick thinking and fighting, quite possibly for their lives have they been able to get away. It’s important to use these 10 ways to teach your children about stranger dangers, to address this important safety concern with your walker.
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No school bus? Avoiding stranger dangers and other hazards on the walk home