Train your child on how to be safe while accessing the widely-used public transportation systems.
By Shaziya Shaikh
The transport system of a country plays a very important role in its development. It provides a reliable and cheap means of access, ensures a safe journey, reduces congestion on the roads and helps to decrease pollution.
For any country to come up with a good public transport system that fulfils its roles and responsibilities, it takes years of careful planning, and a huge investment on resources, effort and time. While governments in India are engaged in developing an efficient transport system, the situation at present is far from desirable.
Even as our transport system is being upgraded, a significant chunk of those using it are children. However, there are no special rules to protect the interests and safety of children who commute using public transport.
Therefore, it is important to be aware of the dangers they may face while using public transport. And, along with the dangers, it also necessary to have a knowledge of the precautions to take beforehand and while using public transport.
Here are some tips for parents who can also share them grown-up children to ensure their safety and prevent them from undergoing a bad experience.
Parents should always accompany young children on public transport. However, by the time children turn into preteens and teens, they start exhibiting more responsible behaviour. This is the stage when they can begin taking control of some of the things they do in their daily lives. So, this may be the right age when they can begin using public transport alone. However, before parents allow their child to travel alone, they should make sure that their child will remain safe and comfortable.
Parent should also maintain a friendly, caring and honest relationship with their children to encourage them to share unpleasant experiences. It is also important for parents to stay in touch with their child’s teachers, friends, and friend’s parents.
In case parents suspect that there is something wrong, they should not shy away from asking questions or contacting the school or college authorities or involving the police.
Shaziya Shaikh, is an aspiring journalist and a creative writer who is a part of Safecity’s WritersMovement.
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