Here are Some Back to School Safety Tips for Kids and Teens

Be Smart About Your Child’s Safety

As the new school year commences, we renew our focus on student safety. Please consider the following safety tips to ensure your child gets this school year started off right!

Back to School Safety Checklist for Children: 

  • Choose a backpack for your child carefully to avoid injury. The backpack should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. For example, a child that weighs 60 pounds should carry a backpack no heavier than 12 pounds.
  • Don’t put your child’s name on his or her backpack or clothing. If your child’s name is easily readable on his or her backpack, it makes it easier for strangers to approach them. Children tend to trust people who know their names.
  • Train your child until he or she knows what to do when a stranger approaches. Teach your children that any adult they don’t know is a stranger, even if they look nice, and that they should never go anywhere with a stranger.
  • Educate your child on when and how to dial 9-1-1. Make sure your children know when they should dial 9-1-1, how to dial 9-1-1, and their home address.
  • Sign up and create a Smart911 Safety Profile at Now you can provide 9-1-1 with the information they need to help any member of your family before an emergency happens.

Smart911 Child Flyer

What if your child dials 9-1-1 in an emergency? What if your child is home alone during a medical emergency or as someone is attempting to break in? While they may not be able to speak, will 9-1-1 know enough information to send help? As the back-to-school season commences, we are turning our focus to safety. Please consider the following tips on how to reduce safety risks and enhance your child’s safety using their cell phone.

Back to School Safety Checklist for Teens:

  • Eliminate distractions while walking. To prevent any accidents, teach your child to remove all distractions (music, cell phones, tablets) while walking along the sidewalk or in the direction facing traffic, and to always look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Texting & social networking. Set social boundaries. Talk to your child about the types of information that should not be shared on social media and to only connect with people they have befriended in real life.
  • Physical & cyber-bullying. Encourage your child to come to you if they ever witness an act or become the victim of bullying. Prevent acts of cyber-bullying by monitoring your child’s online activities and the people they are interacting with.
  • Dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency. Remind your child to immediately dial 9-1-1 in an emergency and to alert a trusted adult nearby
  • Sign up for Smart911 and Safety Profile at Tie your child’s cell phone number, home address, medical history and emergency contacts to your Safety Profile to ensure 9-1-1 will instantly have all the information needed to help your child during an emergency.

Smart911 Teen Flyer


Smart911 is a private and secure. The information you provide is completely confidential and is only made available to emergency call takers when you dial 9-1-1. Sign up today at

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