Associate Feature: Road Safety is Everyone's Responsibility
Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Delivering on that for all our children and young people can be challenging – for the teachers, the early years practitioners, the parents, the carers, and the road safety professionals.
The challenge lies in making road safety learning accessible for all and that is why Road Safety Scotland (RSS) provides learning materials that are ‘fit for purpose’ for all ages and stages of a young person’s learning, and linked to Curriculum for Excellence.
The resources are based online and are regularly evaluated and updated, with each resource teaching vital road safety skills through fun, easy and engaging videos, game and activities.
The road environment still represents one of the highest causes of accidental death to our young people.
It is crucial, therefore, that road safety learning is considered a key life skill, and that it should not be just about school-based learning through Curriculum for Excellence, but also about everyday life within our communities.
The learning takes place in the home. On the bus. In the car. On the pavement. Cycling to school. Walking to the shops. We very much encourage all the significant people in children’s lives to lead by example.
We really do depend on them to bring the road safety learning that takes place in the early learning centre or school to life in the community.
As adults, we can be good role models for all our children and young people. Let’s lead by example and not let them down.
Debbie Nicol is communications manager at Road Safety Scotland. This piece was sponsored by Road Safety Scotland.