As a parent, it's natural to worry about your child's safety. Depending on the age of your child, their interest in rail safety and level crossings is likely to vary.
Younger children are often fascinated by trains and can be receptive to straightforward safety advice. Teenagers may prefer to be given the facts and then encouraged to think through the consequences of making a split-second decision which threatens their own, or others' safety.
This fact sheet gives you practical advice on how to advise your child about staying safe around level crossings.
The Rail Life Safety Guide provides useful information about rail safety issues such as the electrified rails and overhead lines, trespass and vandalism as well as level crossings.
Part of Network Rails new safety initiative, the Rail Life website was created by young people for young people. Aimed at 12 to 17-year-olds, it contains videos, advice and lots of rail safety information.
Network Rail have great educational resources, developed with teachers and pupils, about electrification on the railway, level crossings and railway safety.
The materials match curriculum areas and deliver Ofstead teaching requirements.
Head over to http://www.networkrail.co.uk/safety-education/ for lesson plans, videos and assembly presentations focussing on electrification and level crossings. Designed to help you run engaging classes and thought-provoking assemblies.