As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect. Remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists, and provide children with the necessary knowledge to stay safe at school.Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they-and the motorists around them-take proper safety precautionsâ.Cell Phone:According to a study by, 61 children are hit by cars every day in the United States, most often during the hours before and after school, and peaking in September. There has been a noticeable demographic shift. It's now much more likely a teenager will be hit by a car than his younger counterpart, as teenagers are likely to be looking at their cell phone.year-round safety tips:â¢Never walk while texting/talking on the phoneâ¢If texting, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalkâ¢Never cross the street while using an electronic deviceâ¢Do not walk with headphones onâ¢Be aware of the surroundingsâ¢Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available; if a child must walk on the street, he or she should face oncoming trafficâ¢Look left, right, then left again before crossing the streetâ¢Cross only at crosswalksNot only kids are distracted:Drivers have a lot to pay attention to in school zones, and there is never an occasion that justifies using a phone while driving. One call or text can change everything.Back Packs:When you move your child's backpack, does it feel like it contains 40 pounds of rocks? Have you noticed your child struggling to put it on, bending forward while carrying it, or complaining of tingling or numbness? If you've been concerned about the effects that extra weight might have on your child's still-growing body, your instincts are correct. When selecting a backpack, look for:â¢An ergonomic designâ¢The correct size: never wider or longer than your child's torso and never hanging more than 4 inches below the waistâ¢Padded back/shoulder straps; hip/chest belts to transfer some of the weight to hips and torsoâ¢Multiple compartments to distribute weightâ¢Compression straps on the sides or bottom to stabilize the contentsâ¢Reflective materialRemember: A roomy backpack may seem like a good idea, but the more space there is to fill, the more likely your child will fill it. Make sure your child uses both straps-using only one strap shifts the weight to one side and causes muscle pain and posture problems. School Bus:School buses are the safest way for students to travel. National Safety Council urges parents to teach their children the following safety rules for the school bus.Getting on the Bus:â¢When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessnessâ¢Do not stray onto the street, alleys or private propertyâ¢Line up away from the street or roadâ¢Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the busâ¢Use the handrail when boardingBehavior on the Bus:â¢If seat belts are available on the bus, buckle upâ¢Don't distract the driverâ¢Stay in your seat; Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seatâ¢Don't put your head, arms or hands out the windowâ¢Keep aisles clear of books and bagsâ¢Get your belongings together before reaching your stopGetting Off the Bus:â¢Use the handrail when exitingâ¢If you have to cross in front of the bus, first walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the driver; make sure the driver can see youâ¢Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing; when the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changesâ¢If your vision is blocked, move to an area where you can see other drivers and they can see youâ¢Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver signals it is safeâ¢Stay away from the rear wheels of the busThe Tobey Team at Crye-Leike Realtors Conway are full time agents with the knowledge, dedication, customer focus, and commitment to all aspects of your Real Estate needs. Call us today with your real estate questions 501-358-0023Sources: National Safety Council,