Safe Youth. Safe Schools.

Keep children safe. While our nation’s schools are expected to be, and usually are, safe havens for learning, unintentional injuries and even violence can occur, disrupting the educational process and negatively affecting the school and surrounding community.

Fresh haircuts, new clothes, and backpacks stuffed with markers, pencils, and binders—everything a child needs to start a new school year. As millions of students return to school this fall, teachers will plan their school supply list, and parents will carefully make sure their child is prepared with each and every item. Safety should also be on everyone’s back-to-school list.

Parents, students, educators, and community members can all take action to keep children safe—in and away from school.

Teacher with her studentsAll community members can take actions to keep children safe.

Get to School Safely

Walk to School Safely
Children face an increased risk for pedestrian injuries. You can help by learning more about these risks and steps you can take to promote pedestrian safety in your community.

Child Passenger Safety
Motor vehicle injuries are the greatest public health problem facing children today. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the United States. Learn how to keep children safe by using an age- and size-appropriate restraint system.

Teen Driver Safety
Teen drivers are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. Crash risk is particularly high during a teen’s first year of driving. Learn about strategies that help a new driver arrive at school safely, including Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) systems and Parent-Teen Driving Agreements.

School Safety

School Violence
While US schools remain relatively safe, any amount of violence is unacceptable. Parents, teachers, and administrators expect schools to be safe havens of learning. Acts of violence can disrupt the learning process and have a negative effect on students, the school itself, and the broader community.

Youth Violence
Youth violence can take different forms, such as fighting, bullying, threats with weapons, and gang-related violence. It is a leading cause of death and injuries of young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the United States.

Sexual Violence
Sexual violence begins early in life. Eighty percent of female victims experienced their first rape before the age of 25 and about 40 percent experienced the first rape before age 18. Most victims do not tell friends and family about the abuse and suffer alone. Those who do disclose the violence may be stigmatized by friends, family, and their community.

Suicide  (death from self-directed violence with intent to die) is a serious public health problem that affects all age groups, including youth . It is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults between the ages of 10 and 24 , with over 5,500 lives lost among this group, each year.

Safety During Sports and Physical Activity

Playground Injuries
Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. Learn about risks and how to avoid severe injuries associated with playgrounds, such as making sure that surfaces under equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained.

Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs
A child can take a spill, knock his/her head, and get a concussion in any number of school settings ranging from the hallway, the playground, the cafeteria, in school sports activities, and beyond. This flexible set of materials was developed for professionals working with grades K-12 and helps principals, school nurses, teachers, or other school professionals identify and respond to concussions and learn strategies to help support students returning to school after a concussion.


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