How to Have a Back to School Safety Review with Your Kids

The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to review important back to school safety rules to help set the stage for a great and safe new year.

The beginning of the school year is a time to start new and refresh the old. As you prepare by buying school supplies and looking over new class schedules, use this time to refresh another important element of your child’s life — safety rules.

Review these important back to school safety rules to help set the stage for a great and safe new school year.

Social Media Safety

Only accept friend requests from people you know. When you accept requests from strangers, you can never be sure who they really are. People create fake profiles to target teens and younger users, so always ignore requests from people you don’t know.

Never meet someone you met online in real life. If you happen to meet someone online who you don’t know, never agree to meet them personally. This is one of the most dangerous situations created through social media. If someone repeatedly asks you to meet in person, tell an adult.

If you experience bullying online, tell an adult. If you are being bullied, do not respond as that can make things worse. Also, if you see someone else being bullied, don’t get directly involved. Instead, tell a trusted adult, parent, or teacher who can help resolve the problem.

Smartphone Safety

Don’t give your password to anyone. Even if a teacher or adult asks for your password, say no. Tell them you need your parent to be there if they want to access your phone.

Always think twice before sending a text or photo. If you don’t know if you should send something (or post it online), ask yourself how you would feel if the message were posted on the front page of the newspaper. If you would feel embarrassed or ashamed with your post going public, don’t share it. You never know what can happen to your content once you send it to someone else, so only share things you feel comfortable with the world seeing.

Walking and Driving Safety 

Do not look at your phone while walking near streets. When looking at your phone, you become unaware of your surroundings and are less likely to see a vehicle coming near you.

Never look at your phone while driving. Distracted driving is the number one cause of teen accidents. Put your phone in the backseat while driving and utilize the “#X It Can Wait” campaign to pause your text conversations when you get behind the wheel.

Related Post: Distracted Driving Causes More Accidents Than Ever Known

Obey the speed limit and practice safe driving. Limitations on speed are set for a reason. It is for your safety and for the safety of others on or near the road. Always adhere to speed restrictions to protect yourself and those around you.

As a parent, you are probably already using your phone to prepare for the new school. Over 75% of parents use their phone for back-to-school shopping to find coupons, compare deals, and find nearby stores.

But there is another way for parents to use their phones to prepare for the upcoming school year.

The MamaBear app, which is available for iPhones and Androids, provides parents with real-time updates when their child gets a new follower and posts a message through their social media accounts. It also uses GPS technology to send alerts when your child reaches their intended destination or goes over the speed limit while driving.

It is a Peace of Mind Parenting™ app that turns your smartphone into a tool to make the back-to-school season safer and less stressful for both parent and child.



Preparing Your Teen Driver to Hit the Road

new teen driver

Getting a driver’s license can be one of the best days ever for a teen. However, it may not feel that way for parents. Teenage driving is a dangerous activity that parents are naturally concerned about. But with the right tools and preparation, parents can help instill driving habits that will keep their teens safe on the road.

Share Teen Driving Facts

Because many teens think they are invincible, it is important to educate them on just how dangerous teen driving can be. Share facts that show how careless and distracted driving can increase the odds of a car crash.

The Florida Drivers Guide for Parents and Teenagers share statistics that show the reality of teen driving.

  • The first 1,000 hours behind the wheel are the most dangerous.
  • The #1 cause of death among American teenagers is car crashes.
  • One-third of fatal teen car crashes is caused by speed.
  • Teen accident rates double when the number of passengers goes from two to three.
  • Teens are more likely than any other group to have a single-car crash.


Review Common Driving Mistakes

Review common driving errors so your teen is aware of them and recognizes how to correct and avoid them.

  • Distracted Driving (playing with phone or radio, paying attention to others in the vehicle)
  • Driving Aggressively
  • Speeding
  • Swerving/Over-correcting
  • Failing to Yield
  • Driving While Upset
  • Not Adjusting to Weather Conditions
  • Tailgating
  • Not Understanding the Intentions of Other Drivers

Set Driving Rules and Create a Contract

Agreeing to a driving contract early on gives you the opportunity to lay out expectations and set consequences if the rules are broken. Create a document that your teen reads and signs.

Every teen should agree to most important rules.

  • I will wear my seatbelt at all times.
  • I will never text, talk, or use a cell phone while driving. (I will keep it in the glove box or backseat.)
  • I will pull over if I need to use my cell phone.
  • I will never go over the speed limit or drive recklessly or aggressively.
  • I will never drink or do drugs before driving (and never ride with someone who has).

Then, go over rules and expectations that are unique to your and your teen.

  1. Driving Hours: Set a time frame when your child is allowed to use the car. Make sure to consider local laws for drivers under the age of 18.
  2. Number of Passengers: Set a rule for how many passengers are allowed in the car.
  3. Violations and Tickets: Set consequences for receiving violations. Decide who is responsible for paying for tickets.
  4. Vehicle Responsibility: Discuss vehicle maintenance and who is responsible for repairs and gas. Teach your teen how to notice signs that maintenance is needed.

Install MamaBear App

Teenage driving is an activity that naturally concerns parents. But with the right tools and preparation, parents can help instill safe driving habits.

When your teens get their license, you can’t always be with them to ensure they are incorporating safe driving habits. But there is a way for you to make sure your teen isn’t speeding (or riding with other drivers who speed).

The Mama Bear Family Safety App has a feature that will alert you if your teen is in a vehicle that is going over your set speed limit. The app will tell you where the incident occurred. This helps you hold your teen accountable for their actions and further stresses the importance of safe driving habits.

Your teen getting their driver’s license doesn’t have to be a scary day for parents as long as you follow these steps and use tool like MamaBear Family Safety app (available for both iPhones and Androids).

If you liked this blog, you should read:

1. Parents Are Most Distracting to Teen Drivers

2. 5 Benefits of Using MamaBear to Monitor Teen Driving

3. The MamaBear Family Monitoring App Can Help With Parental Anxiety About Teen Driving


Monitor Teen Driving with the MamaBear Driving Monitor App

Teen Speeding

According to the California DMV, “the greatest risk of traffic crashes is among teenage drivers. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers across the United States.” The tragic death of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, who lost his life November 30th in a fiery car crash believed to be caused by high-speed driving, has put driving safety in the spotlight. While speeding-related car crashes can happen to any person at any age, teens are perhaps the most at-risk group for car crashes and car deaths.

Just as you give children a world of freedom when you hand them their first smartphone, their world expands even more when you give them the keys to a car. Providing this kind of independence is a proud parenting moment – but is also likely the scariest.

See Also: The Ages at Which Children Receive a Mobile Phone

We like to think – wishfully, perhaps — that our kids are as fearful of the awesome power of “two tons of rolling steel” as we are and therefore drive safely and conscientiously. Realistically, though, teen drivers are beginners, and their lack of experience behind the wheel combined with their undeveloped risk-taking sense can add up to disaster.

The Need to Speed

Whether teens speed to keep up with traffic, because of peer pressure or for the sheer thrill of going fast, recklessly-fast driving can have deadly consequences. According data compiled at, teen drivers are “more likely than older drivers to speed and to allow shorter headways.” When a teen driver was behind the wheel, speeding was to blame in more than half of the crashes involving fatalities.

Be Aware of Your Kid’s Driving Habits with the MamaBear Driving Monitor App

The MamaBear Family Safety App sends parents notifications about how fast their kids are driving or riding and where.  This unique feature puts  information in the hands of parents and provides kids with freedom to ride with friends or drive themselves but with a little accountability to ensure  safety.

Giving parents the power of knowledge helps prompt discussion for consequence and safety. These necessary conversations can plant a seed of awareness in your teen’s mind that might curb dangerous future behavior, as well as how to stand up for what’s right in the face of peer pressure.