On their way home
Before school begins, show your child the exact route they are to take on the way home. This should include obvious things like crossing streets at traffic lights or corners, walking on sidewalks when possible, taking the more populated route, etc. Instruct them not to take shortcuts and to take the same route each day. Be sure your child knows to…
- Never speak to a stranger no matter how harmless the person may look (Spend some time DEFINING the word “stranger” to prevent confusion.)
- Never approach their empty home if they think they are being followed. (Provide a plan your child can follow in this event—For example, if a neighbor is outside, go directly to that neighbor for help, or ring Aunt Mary’s doorbell but only if her car is there, etc.)
- Never enter their home if anything appears unusual. In this case, plan for the child to go to a friendly neighbor’s home.
- Never accept a ride from anyone without parental permission. Be sure your child knows this means even if the person tells them you sent them or that you were in an accident. Tell your child that, in an emergency, the ONLY people you might send to get them are “Aunt Susie” or “Donna” next door.
- Always make a loud scene if threatened and continue to scream until they’ve attracted help or the threat is gone.
- Always keep their house key out of sight.
In the Home
Once they have arrived home
- Immediately lock the door once he is inside being sure that he takes keys out of door and inside with him.
- Immediately set the alarm once he is inside. Again, you can verify this by having our central station send you a text or e-mail each time your alarm is turned on or off.
- Immediately go to the telephone and call the designated adult to let them know they are home.
Stock the pantry and refrigerator with snacks that don’t require cooking
Answering Door and Phone
Make sure your child knows how to respond to the
doorbell and phone. We suggest answering the door or
phone without opening it and telling whoever the visitor
is: “Dad is in the shower – Come back in 20 minutes”
Then the child should call you for further instructions.
Teach your child exactly what to do if any alarm sounds
(burglar, smoke, carbon monoxide, etc.) Caution them to
keep the noise at a level where they can HEAR any
alarm. Headphones, loud music, or a blaring TV can have
disastrous results if they prevent the child from hearing
Keep a list of important phone numbers near each phone
in the home. Include the home address, parent’s
workplaces, neighbor and relative phone numbers.
Teach your child how to report an emergency to 911.
Have a fire plan in place. Show your child how to escape
from each room in case of fire.
Keep medicines, weapons, alcohol, lighters, matches, etc,
Have a kit prepared for a weather emergency or power
failure, with flashlights, a radio, and extra batteries.
Have a cell phone accessible to the child in the house for
an emergency in case your home phone is disabled or an
intruder cuts the phone line, and teach your child how to
use it. Don’t depend on an alarm using standard
telephone transmission of alarm signals. (Call John
Mansfield at 718 698-8244 for information on AES
wireless radio protection to insure that your alarm signal
will reach our central station in the event of phones being
disabled or tampered with.)
Point out potential hazards within your home, and show
your child steps he can take to avoid accident or injury.
Verify Safe Arrival
Have a specific plan for child to follow if a sibling does
not arrive home at the specified time. (If you have central
station alarm protection, consider having our central
station e mail or text you each time your alarm is turned
on or off.)
In addition to receiving an e mail or text from us, many
families opt for a motion- triggered short video clip being
sent to their smart phone, so they can actually view their
child’s safe arrival home, and visually see that their child
has locked the door and set the alarm once inside.
(Again, this is more affordable than you might
think…Call John Mansfield at 718 698-8244 for pricing
and information, or e-mail us at email@example.com).
Make safety an ongoing conversation in your family…Continually engage in role-playing, acting out situations like a fire emergency, a scary phone call, strangers knocking on the door, etc. Coach your child on the proper response to each situation until it becomes a routine response.