Latchkey kids spend an average of 7.3 hours per week home alone after school. If your child falls into this category, you already know how nerve-wracking it can be to leave them unattended. Here are some quick tips to help them stay safe.
Ring the Alarm
Give your child a lesson on how to use your home security system. Let them hear how loudly the alarm sounds and explain all components so that they understand how it works and the serious nature of its functions.
Practice Makes Perfect
Have fire drills and other emergency re-enactments with your child so that they know what to do in a real crisis.
Make a List
Post a directory of important phone numbers that your child can use in an emergency. Aside from 911, include the contact information of trusted neighbors, nearby family members and the poison control center.
Before you leave your child alone for an extended period of time, make sure that they are mature enough to handle it — run short errands around town first before entrusting them with the full responsibility of flying solo.
Check in Regularly
Don’t leave your child to his own devices for too long without a quick check-in. Constant communication is key to keeping him safe.
Invest in Home Security CamerasWhen you can’t be at home with your child physically, you can be there virtually via your smart phone. The latest security technology lets you view your home camera’s footage from anywhere in the world that you have cell service.