An American Academy of Pediatrics study analyzed the cause of child pedestrian crashes in the cases of children admitted to a particular trauma center in New York. Jaywalking was a common cause of accidents for children ages 7 to 12. In the majority of accidents where the victim was a child of 6 years old or younger, darting into the street or crossing mid-block was found to be the cause. Also, young children were more likely to be injured while left unsupervised. The researchers concluded that improving supervision and teaching children safe crossing habits should help to prevent childhood pedestrian accidents.
Read more about the study in this article from the Los Angeles Times.