Children 9 or younger should always cross the street with an adult. The safest place for your child to cross the street is at a street corner or intersection. Intersections often offer crosswalks with pedestrian traffic signals, so help your child learn what the signals mean. They should never rely solely on the signals, though. At any street crossing, before stepping off the curb, your child should stop and look left-right-left to see if any cars are coming.
Young children may need to learn "left" and "right" before using this skill. Help your child make a letter "L" with the thumb and first finger on your child's left hand. This can help your child remember which way to look first. When no cars are coming from either direction, it is safe for your child to cross the street. Remind your child to walk, not run, and to keep looking for traffic until safely across the street.
Walking is awesome – it's free, it's great exercise, and you can do it to get almost anywhere. You can visit your friends, travel to school, the movies, shopping, worship, museums, or sporting events.