A Sun Staff Report

LOWELL -- Police are providing bus stop safety tips for parents and their children in light of a Wednesday incident in which a man approached students on their way home after school.

Lowell police recommend the following:

- Walk with a family member or friend to and from the bus stop when possible.

- Be on the lookout for suspicious people and odd behaviors, any strangers hanging around the bus stop or anyone taking pictures.

- If you feel uncomfortable, don't confront the person. Walk away and tell a trusted adult.

- Go to a safe location with people around you that can help, if needed.

- Report anything suspicious to the school bus driver, a school official, a teacher or your parents.

The safety precautions come after an intoxicated man approached three children on foot at a school bus stop near Central and Crosby streets Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the man touched one of the children on the shoulder, told them he was a police officer and asked them to come with him. The children, who were frightened by the incident, walked home and told their parents.

The incident remains under investigation.

More safety tips and videos can be found at http://www.kidsmartz.org.