2BR Radio reports that Lancashire parents say safety fears stops them from letting their kids walk to school. That’s according to a survey done for Walk to School Week which takes place between 15th May – 19th May.
Data from 2,000 parents in the UK revealed that, while 86% of parents would like their kids to play outside more often, over half (57%) are plagued by safety concerns.
According to the research, which was conducted by National Accident Helpline via Twitter Polls and Google Surveys in April 2017, top parental safety concerns included danger from traffic and the potential for children to get lost.
Tanya Braun, at Walk to School Week organiser Living Streets, emphasises the health benefits of outdoor activity, “Walking to school is a great way for children to start the day. It’s good for physical and mental health and gives children a chance to get fresh air and experience nature.
Living Streets’ Walk to School Week aims to reverse the decline in children walking to school, one symptom of the overall issue of children spending less and less time outdoors. But how can parents overcome safety concerns and get their kids outside more?
In response to the survey results, National Accident Helpline sought advice from leading experts to discover ways in which parents could overcome their safety concerns and get kids playing outside.
To read the full set of advice from the experts about getting kids outside safely, visit: www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/explore-outdoors-safely-kids
Is your school taking part in this weeks event or do parents think it is too unsafe for their children to walk to school? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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