The National Safety Council is focused on efforts to eliminate distracted walking – specifically walking while texting. According to a study by The Nielsen Company, kids age 13 to 17 send more than 3,400 texts a month. That’s seven messages every hour they are awake.

Before your children head out for school, remind them of these year-round safety tips:

• Never walk while texting or talking on the phone

• If texting, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk

• Never cross the street while using an electronic device

• Do not walk with headphones on

• Be aware of the surroundings

• Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available; if a child must walk on the street, he or she should face oncoming traffic

• Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street

• Cross only at crosswalks


Not Only Kids Are Distracted

Drivers have a lot to pay attention to in school zones, too, and there is never an occasion that justifies using a phone while driving. One call or text can change everything.

A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that the most common form of travel to school for students age 5 to 14 is the family car. That translates into a lot of cars in school zones at the same time. Eliminating all distractions is key to keeping children and everyone safe.