Are You Street Smart?
You might have heard the term “street smart” a few times in conversation or in a lesson at school, but what does it actually mean? If you’re street smart, it means you know how to stay safe when you’re out and about. It’s very important to make sure that you’re street smart because there are a lot of dangers when you’re out in public if you are not with your carer, parent or another family member.
This doesn’t mean that you should be scared every time you go outside or that you shouldn’t want to go outside anymore, it just means that you should know how to look after yourself if you’re out alone.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Stranger Danger’ and it’s important that you take this phrase seriously. Anyone you do not know is a stranger. Whilst this doesn’t mean you should be afraid of other people, it means you should just be careful and that you should know what to do if a stranger approaches you. If an adult who you do not know approaches you whilst you’re out and asks you to help them with something or come with them to look at something, do not go with them. You should walk the other way, go to a safe place or call your carer or parent.
When you’re walking home from school or to the park with a friend, how careful are you when you cross the road or wait at a pedestrian crossing? Before crossing a road you should wait and look both ways to see if there is any oncoming traffic. Always try to cross at a pedestrian crossing if you can. As well as looking out for vehicles such as cars or trucks, you should be wary of cyclists and buses as you may not have realised that they were heading the same way as you or that they’re travelling down the road you’re just about to cross.
Stay alert and street smart, and above all, stay safe!