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September 15, 2020 Tuesday 12:45:28 PM IST

Teach Road Crossing Skills

Parent Interventions

Parents who use road crossings as teachable moments help their children learn road-crossing skills faster and become better at crossing streets, according to a new study from University of Iowa. The researchers learned this by watching sets of parent-child duos--with the children varying in age from 6 to 12 years old--cross a virtual road with continuous traffic. Those who received constructive advice from parents--especially the pointing out of safe gaps in traffic ahead of time--learned best practices in crossing more readily and crossed more safely. By far, the safest way for a child to cross a road is at an intersection with a walk sign, a stoplight, or with marked crosswalks. But vehicles may not stop, even at crosswalks, and there are many roads where no crossing markings exist. Children learn ahead of time how to choose sizeable gaps between vehicles but parents can help the kids learn easily and ensure their safety.