ROSPA give the following advice to parents:
Young people aged 11-15 Your child’s risk of being injured on foot or on a bicycle increases as they gain independence. Far more teens are knocked down and hurt than younger children. Peer pressure can also cause young people to behave in unsafe ways near the road. This group are at further risk due to longer journeys to and from school with friends or on their own. Ensure that they understand the importance of walking directly to their destination, without stops or diversions. Even as your child approaches adolescence, you should keep talking about road safety with them, and ensure that they know the importance of continuing to take great care when crossing the road, including putting away their phone and taking out any earphones when crossing the road. Remind them that they will be unable to hear traffic if they are listening to music through their earphones or see it properly if they are wearing a hood.
In Year 12 at Sixth Form pupils take part in a ‘safe drive stay alive initiative’ workshop as part of their PSHRE programme.