The Road Safety Authority advises parents to "make sure your child knows how to behave safely on the roads. If they’re cycling, ensure that they wear the proper protective gear such as a bicycle helmet and high visibility clothing. If they’re walking or playing near roads, make sure they know that they should only cross the road with a grown up and only when it’s safe to do so.
Most importantly, make sure you demonstrate good road safety behaviour at all times. Children learn from what we as parents do so if you’re in the car, drive in a responsible and safe manner and always wear your seatbelt.”
The RSA also has the following advice for parents and motorists:
Ensure that your children are highly visible by wearing a reflective belt and bright clothes and wear a bicycle safety helmet on all journeys. Check that the bicycle’s brakes, lights, reflector and bell are in good working order, and that your child knows the rules of the road for cyclists.
For more information on road safety for children, as well as interactive games and videos, visit the ‘Road Safety for Kids’ section of RSA website, www.rsa.ie