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Back to School Safety Tips

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LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW) - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding parents of safety issues that arise in the back to school season.

At home keeping kids safe as they access the web is important.

Establishing guidelines for how frequently they are online and monitoring their activity can help kids stay safe.

Go to www.bca.dps.mn.gov to learn more about cyber bullying and steps you can take to prevent it. Report instances of inappropriate online contact www.missingkids.com/cybertipline .

At school make sure your child knows what to do if there is an emergency.

Be familiar with the school's safety plan and talk to your child about lock downs that may occur during tornado or fire drills.

Use the right car seats when driving children to school.

Back to school time is a good reminder for parents to ensure car seats are installed correctly and children are in the correct restraints for their age and size.

The most under-used restraints are booster seats, which are required by law in Minnesota.

Boosters are for children who have outgrown a forward-facing, harnessed restraint (typically after age 4). Boosters help seat belts fit children correctly. It is safest for children to ride in boosters until they are 4'9" tall, or at least age 8.

Learn more about car-seat safety, find local car-seat checks and view car-seat installation videos at buckleupkids.mn.gov.

For additional safety tips from the Department visit https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ooc/news-releases/Pages/Back-to-School-Safety-Do-it-by-the-Book.aspx.

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