Are Your Children “KID SMART?

Are Your Children “KID SMART?

Senior Master Thomas’ Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts

Tips for Going to and From School More Safely

Every day millions of children take to the streets and roadways to get to and from school. They walk, ride their bicycles, take buses, and arrive in automobiles with one purpose-getting to and from school safely. Every year approximately 440,000 public school buses travel more than 4 billion miles to transport 24 million children to and from school and school-related activities. For many children, this experience is a new one, and they may not understand the safety rules. Young children do not have the same frame of reference for safety as adults do. They many not “look before they leap,” which is why it is so important for families to supervise young children and practice safety sills with their older children. The tips noted below will help prepare your children for a safer journey.

Instruct your child to always TAKE A FRIEND when walking or riding his or her bike to and from school. It’s safer and more fun to be with your friends. Walk and ride in well-lit areas, and never take shortcuts. When walking and biking, stay aware or your surroundings and observe all traffic rules in place to more safely share the roads and sidewalks with others.

Senior Master Thomas states; even though there is safety in numbers, it is still not safe for young children to walk to and from school especially if they must take isolated routes before or during daylight. Always provide supervision for your young children to ensure their safe arrival to and from school.

Your child should stay with a group while waiting at the bus stop. If anyone bothers your child while going to and from school, you should teach him or her to get away from that person, and TELL you or another trusted adult. If an adult approaches your child for help or directions, remember that grownups needing help should not ask children for help; they should ask adults.

Instruct your children that if someone they don’t know or feel comfortable with offers a ride, say NO. Children should never hitchhike or accept a ride from someone unless you have told them it is okay. Please visit our website at and click on a safety video on the Karate For Kids page.

Senior Master Thomas is offering FREE Child Safety Child Abduction Awareness seminars in the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia areas. This program is being offered absolutely FREE to families that are interested in having their child learn the awareness and safety tips that could save their life. Children ages 5 years old and older are welcome to take the seminars. These seminars will share safety tips, techniques, and strategies.

Classes are limited in size and will be filled on a first-come basis. Please call Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts at 757-471-9002 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and make plans now to attend this ATA event.


About changinglivesmartialarts

CHANGING LIVES MARTIAL ARTS A Martial Arts, Karate For Kids, and Krav Maga school located in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia. With his 30 years of vast martial arts experience, Master Tracy Lee Thomas, founder of Changing Lives Martial Arts has five locations and has been opertating the martial arts business since 1991 in Virginia Beach. Married to Kelly Thomas, they have to children and reside in Virginia Beach. Both Mrs. Thomas and Master Thomas have a strong passion for helping others and it is seen as both are very active in the business and within the community. CLMA is a family owned and operated business that thrives on family values and changing lives. Many of the Changing Lives Martial Arts students are attracted to CL Martial Arts because they want to learn to defend themselves, or how to manage bullies. Others come because they want to tap into martial arts’ vast power as a tool for personal growth and life skills. Still, others come merely because they are looking for a way to get in shape that's fun and spares them the tedious repetitiveness of the gym. Master Thomas has utilized his martial arts buisness model throughout the country with various business'. As a business coach and consultant, Master Thomas believes in working with others to succeed with their personal passion. This desire and passion of his is passed down to each of his instructors and students. If you want to know more about Changing Lives Martial Arts, Master Tracy Thomas, or the programs they offer, please feel free to contact the Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts Team by calling 757-471-9002 or visiting us on the Web at or
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