Your child is about to start travelling to school independently and this new frontier is no doubt accompanied by a little anxiety for both of you. As with any development in their independence it is crucial to make sure they are prepared and informed to make this transition as stress-free as can be. A senior school in Essex has shared their top tips to get your child ready to take the bus to school, keep reading to learn more.
Do a Trial Run
If it’s a public bus they’ll be taking then make sure you practice the route together to make sure they know where to get on, how to request their stop and where to get off. This exercise will help to put their mind at ease as it erases the fear of the unknown and means they don’t have to face an unfamiliar situation on a busy school morning.
Talk About Bus Etiquette
This includes things like flagging down the bus, thanking the driver and being respectful of other passengers. Again, practicing the journey together will brief your child on how to behave correctly whilst travelling on the bus. They should be reminded not to stand up unnecessarily or leave litter behind, and that playing music or talking loudly could be disruptive to the people around them.
Give Them a Safety Briefing
The most important thing is that your child arrives at their destination safely. They should know not to talk to strangers at the stop or on the bus, and to communicate with the driver if they feel uncomfortable or threatened at any point. It’s also crucial that they know to never get off the bus before their stop and to keep you informed of any disruptions that affect their journey. If they don’t already have a mobile phone, this may be the right time to get them one, as it means they’ll be able to contact you if they need to.