Edith Cowan University
Place of Publication
Perth, Western Australia
Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC)
In Australia pedestrian injury is the leading specific cause of death among 5-9 year old children, and pedestrian injuries among 0-14 year old children in 1999-20000 were the second highest cause of hospitalisation. This mortality and morbidity can be attributed largely to unsafe road environments and under 10 year old children's significant deficits in cognitive and perceptual abilities when crossing roads. For all children under 10 years learning to cross the road needs to be taught by parents in the same way that children learn to swim i.e. under close adult supervision and in the 'real' environment where the skills can be adequately practised, through discovery and problem solving, at their own pace and with positive feedback from a caring adult...