It’s time to head back to school and there’s no better time to talk to your kids about school safety. According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, about 2.2 million children ages 14 and under get injured in school-related accidents annually.

Thankfully, accidents can be prevented if parents and teachers have open and informative conversations with kids.

If your child walks to school make sure you walk their route with them a couple of times to make sure they are confident and comfortable. You can also ensure they avoid vacant lots, fields, and other isolated places. If possible, select a route with minimal crossing streets and intersections.

If your child isn’t old enough to walk alone, make sure they have a friend, sibling or neighbor to walk with them. It’s important they know they should not talk to strangers and that adults will never ask young children for help.

If your child prefers to ride their bike to school make sure they have the appropriate safety protective gear. All children should wear helmets, but some younger kids may require knee pads if they are prone to falling. Some kids ride scooters to school, it’s important they have strong and reliable protective equipment like helmets, knee and elbow pads.

If your kids are older and drive themselves to school make sure they stay focused while driving. We’re all attached to our smart phones but driving with your phone in your hand is never worth the consequences.

Backpacks are usually required for students to carry all of their books, binders and notepads. However, backpacks can become heavy and cause shoulder, upper and lower back pain. It’s important that your student knows how to properly wear their backpack. Make sure both straps are tight and that they actually use both straps. They may feel that it looks “cool” to toss one strap over their shoulder but the improper weight distribution can cause strain on their body.

If your high school student is involved in sports, spends time on their feet and is always on the go, make sure they have proper foot support and footwear. MEGAComfort insoles are clinically designed to reduce pain and fatigue. Our MEGASole fits perfectly into most school shoes. Kids may view insoles as age inappropriate, but it’s actually the perfect time to get them used to taking care of their feet, back, and body. The only downside is that they’ll have extra energy when they get home from school!