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September 4th, 2018

Child pedestrian injuries are a leading cause of injury-related deaths among children in Canada

Child pedestrian injuries are a leading cause of injury-related death among Canadian children under the age of 14. Researchers say parents generally overestimate their children's ability to cross roads safely. (The Associated Press)
 

With most kids heading back to school this week, many parents may be concerned about whether younger children are traffic-savvy enough to cross the street without supervision.

Can they judge how far away an approaching vehicle is? Or how fast it's travelling to make it across safely?

"Parents tend to overestimate their child's crossing ability," said Barbara Morrongiello, a psychologist at the University of Guelph, whose research focuses on childhood injury prevention.

"The parents tend to assume children are much more cautious than they are in fact."

Child pedestrian injuries are a leading cause of injury-related deaths among Canadian children aged 14 years or younger, according to Parachute Canada, an organization that promotes evidence-based solutions to avoid preventable injuries.

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/teaching-kids-how-to-cross-the-street-with-virtual-reality-game-1.4808316

Posted on September 4th, 2018