More young school-age children are killed each year in pedestrian accidents than in any other type of accident, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. And another study says parents may be partly to blame because they overestimate their children's street-crossing skills, reports the January Reader's Digest.

In a Seattle survey of 2,464 parents of children in kindergarten through fourth grade, researchers found that one-third of parents allowed kindergarten-age children to cross residential streets alone and first-graders to walk alone to school."Speeding traffic or lack of safe places to walk did not influence parents in limiting their children's crossings," according to a study, conducted by the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and the University of Washington in Seattle.