Talking Points: Addressing Kids

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As a law enforcement officer, you are likely to be invited to speak to kids regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety or Safe Routes to School (SRTS). The following is not a speech, but rather ten to fifteen minutes of talking points you can use as a guide to make sure you cover key messages. With more time, and considering the particular circumstances at the school you are visiting, you can elaborate on any of the issues below. The more interactive you can make your talk, the more memorable it will be for the students. Anecdotal experiences will also make your talk more effective.

Overall message: Start and end with an upbeat message. The points are mostly about safety, but you should emphasize that walking and bicycling are good for the health of children and is something that your department supports.

Opening remarks: Depending on why you were invited to speak to the children, your opening comments may vary. If you are participating in Walk to School Day or a Safe Routes to School event, you might consider posing various questions to students or making some correlations to children elsewhere, such as:

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