Welcome to Know the Fundamentals.
KnowTheFundamentals is open to anyone who wishes to stay informed, contribute and help. All content will be distributed to the public freely and without conditions, as it’s purpose is to help save lives and prevent accidents.
This blog will devote itself to helping children, through their parents or through government agencies and/or academic institutions, understand how to stay safe in and around roads.
By teaching our children the fundamentals about safety and consideration, we will give them the tools to have a happy, healthy and productive future. It’s fundamental.
We encourage everyone to participate, by listing your ideas and then having others comment to expand the concept until we create an puzzle, poster or handout that can be distributed and enjoyed by the public at large.
All topics will be directed at child safety, to give them the knowledge to stay safe and if necessary to point out to their parents if they’re not ‘following the rules.’ Topics will initially be centered around pedestrian safety, bicycle safety and vehicular safety. We hope that by engaging both parents and children in a positive, fun and even game-like atmosphere that invaluable lessons will be reinforced to both groups.
Lets face it, knowing that some child was crushed by a vehicle is more than a ‘that’s tragic’ consideration from adults. This makes KnowTheFundamentals a topic that can potentially prevent months or years of grief. It is no fun to watch a child have to go through physical and mental rebuilding over something that shouldn’t of happened in the first place. The truth is many, maybe most parents are taking chances and are unknowingly teaching their children, and other children who witness bad behavior, how to interact with traffic. It reinforces a social norm who’s standard of safety is nonexistent. A vehicle can not change it’s speed or direction on a dime and no person should put them in harm’s way. A child must know this fundamental knowledge before it’s too late.
Review our links that cover topics that address specific issues, like Kids, Parents, Sidewalks, Bicycles and Vehicles. Also check out our OhMy! and see if you can spot the bad behavior in our examples, as well as read up on why we all should spend a little extra effort in the TragicTales section of real life tragic events. Those stories are not joke, and all could of been near misses if only the person was a foot or two away, but those ‘near misses’ occur way more often than people wish to admit. As our cities become more populated, as more people walk, run and ride, the chances increase that all of us will be witnessing more tragic accidents than anyone should care to. Now is our chance to change all of that with a public conscientiousness of the issue. As adults, it is our responsibility to do so.
Stay smart, stay alert and practice the basics of responsible behavior to reinforce smart habits that will save your life, and be the influence to save others.