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Back-to-school safety basics

Mother embracing daughter before schoolAs your kids get ready to head back to the classroom, consider the ways that you can help them stay safe and happy this school year.

Our back-to-school safety guide has tips on everything from backpacks to buses, school lunches to school sports, and everything in between.

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School bus safety for kids and adults

School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children to and from school, but injuries can occur if kids are not careful when getting on and off the bus. We’ve got tips for kids and drivers.

Backpack safety

When used incorrectly, backpacks can injure your child’s muscles and joints, which can lead to severe pain and other problems. Here’s how to find the right backpack for your child and help them avoid injury.

Pedestrian safety

When older children and teenagers use cellphones and other electronic devices, they’re more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident. To prevent accidents and injuries, tell your kids to avoid these dangerous behaviors while walking to and from school.

Healthy school lunches

Do you know how to pack a delicious – and nutritious – lunch for your kids? By putting a little thought into your children’s lunches, you can help keep them full and able to focus on learning throughout the school day.

Sports safety

Sports provide physical, emotional and social benefits for kids of all ages. But with sports also carry a risk for injury. The good news is there are lots of simple things you can do to prevent injuries and keep kids playing the sports they love.

Sleep health

Sleep is particularly important for kids and teens, as it supports their mental and physical and growth. But how much sleep kids need depends on their age. Find out how much sleep your children should get and how you can encourage healthy sleep habits.

Social media safety

Social media and internet use can encourage kids’ academic enrichment, creative expression and social interaction. However, too much time online or unhealthy use of social media can affect kids’ emotional, physical and mental well-being. Here’s how to help the children and teens in your life use these tools safely.