Keep Your Kid Safe at Home

Keep your kid safe at home by training him or her to think safety first.

boy_free_timeAs parents, we don’t want to leave our children home alone, but sometimes you have to.  A child at home alone is a distinct worry for absent parents.

With a few rules and reminders, you can help keep your child safe at home until you get there.

Keep your Kid Safe at Home by Training Them to be Safety Conscious

1. You must discuss with your child what it means to be home alone.

Children can be trained to be safe at home.

Children can be trained to
be safe at home.

  • Start by talking to your child honestly about how they feel about being by themselves.
  • You can calm fears with information about simple safety procedures in the house. For example the importance of locking doors and windows.  Often it’s the unknown that frightens a child.
  • When your child knows not to answer a door or a telephone, they will know how to respond to the situation and not panic. Their mind will be at rest.
  • That’s why it’s so important to get to the bottom of your child’s fear by discussing what’s behind it

Set Clear House Rules

2. Make it clear to your child that you are still in charge even when you are not at home. Breaking house rules will have consequences.  Lay out standards and results that cannot be mistaken, argued, or misunderstood.

3. Every child must know how to contact police and other emergency services.

  • Have contact information near every phone in the house and on speed dial if possible.
  • Discuss the type of emergency that could crop up before leaving them alone. Find out what they see as a fearful situation.

4. Make sure your child knows their:

  • Full name, address, and phone number.
  • Your complete name, workplace name, address and phone number.
  • The names and phone numbers of other people who are your backup support. These people may be grandparents, aunts and uncles, and friends or neighbors.

child-homework5. Be very clear about your House Rules.

  • Discuss them and make sure your child understands the need to follow them when you are not home. Discuss obvious things such as what snacks to have, doing homework, and TV time.
  • An important issue, be made very clear is whether any friends are allowed in the house without you there.
  • Have a way of letting your child know when to answer the phone. For example, if it is you calling, tell them you will hang up after so many rings and then ring again.

Crystal clear rules will give your child confidence to handle being alone. There are no excuses for mix-ups and confusion.

6. Parents worry about how their child makes it home from school.

  • Walk the route together few times and impress upon your child the importance following that exact course to and from school.
  • Select some safe places. They may be a shop or a neighbor or friend’s house.
  • Check a few times that your child can point out safe places.

7. An issue to consider carefully is whether your child will carry the house key or whether

Will you give a key to your child or hide it near the house?

Will you give a key to your child or hide it near the house?

you will hide it outside. If you hide it outside make sure your child is not seen retrieving it.

  • Train your child to lock the door as soon as they enter the house.
  • They should then call you to say they are safe. This procedure will add to their sense of security.

8. Finally, don’t forget to train your child to notice whether there is anything out of the ordinary both in the front of the house and indoors.

  • If they see something unusual, ensure they understand they must go straight to a safe place and then contact you.
  • Train them also how to communicate with the police.
  • When your child is aware of their surroundings and has a safe place to go when they notice something unusual both of you will be worry free.

Training your child  to look after himself or herself is a valuable life lesson as well as making life easier for you.

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