During the summers a lot of parents have to leave their kids at home alone during the day while they work. If your kids are old enough you trust them to take care of themselves and possibly younger siblings. This is great for parents who cant afford daycare or summer activities. If this is a choice you have made make sure that your kids are prepared and know all about safety before you leave them alone. Here are a few things you should make sure your kid know when they stay at home alone.
Don’t answer calls
If your children have a cell phone or if there is a home line, teaching your children not to answer calls from numbers they are unfamiliar with can help to protect them. For children that might forget what numbers are ok to pick up leave a list on the refrigerator of appropriate numbers and whom they belong to. Criminals with the intent of stealing children can call a number and ask, “Are your parents home?” and as soon as the child says no that will be a direct indicator that the child is alone.
Never open the door
Teaching your child to never open doors when someone knocks can also help to protect your children. Most children when they look out the peep hole and see someone even remotely familiar will feel confident in opening the door and letting that person in. Today in the world we live in no one can be trusted except for very close family and friends. Obviously there will be occasions when family or friends do come over and leaving a list by the door of whom they can let in is a great way to keep your children safe.
Having a general rule that when ever there is not an adult present that the children have to play inside is a very practical way of keeping children safe. Even fenced in back yards are not safe from strangers. This will not always be fun for the kids but they will thank you one day when they realize how hard you worked to keep them safe.
Keep blinds closed
This is another practical way to keep strangers from taking an interest into your home. Making sure that when you leave the house all the blinds are closed and instructing the children to keep them closed, it is a great way to eliminate strangers from looking into your home.
Your kids need to know what to do in the case of an emergency. There are different types of emergencies that your kids need to be prepared for. If someone breaks into the home they need to grab the phone, hide in the closet, and call 911. If there is a fire they need to evacuate the house and let a (trustworthy) neighbor know. If someone is hurt inside the house they need to immediately call 911. Your kids need to be prepared for every situation that they could possibly face. There is a company call Smith Monitoring that offers a device that will make it a lot easier for you kids to get help when they need it and keep them safer inside of your home. Smith home alarm systems specializes in Jersey Village home security systems. They will install a security alarm that connects to a digital panel inside your home. From this panel your children can call any emergency service directly that they might need.
About The Author: Katie Melendez is a writer for Smith Monitoring. Katie is also a wife, youth mentor, and a health nut. Follow her blogs for all current trends on home, health, and family.