6 Tips For Home Safety As Kids Get Off the Bus
The time has come for all things pumpkin spice, lunchboxes sporting superheroes, and early morning bus rides…back to school. Our quick checklist can help keep your kids protected when class is not in session.
Choose the right education posters for your home:
Display emergency numbers
Make sure your kids know where to find emergency contact info. This includes family members and numbers for local emergency services. Add in a trusty neighbor for good measure. Also, emergency planning is important. Educate your children about appropriate evacuation and safety measures should a fire occur.
Teach THe Basics
Talk to your kids. 80 percent of children abducted by strangers had first contact with their abductor within a quarter mile of the child’s home. Teach your kids:
NOT TO TALK TO STRANGERS
TO TRUST THEIR INSTINCTS WHEN THINGS DON'T FEEL RIGHT
KEEP ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS LOCKED
NOT TO OPEN THE DOOR TO PEOPLE THEY DON'T KNOW
TO STICK TO SAFE, WELL-LIT, POPULATED ROADS WHEN WALKING HOME
ENLIST SOME HELP FROM CHAPERONES
Friendly neighbors can help keep an eye on your kids, your property, and can offer safe haven if your kids find themselves in need of an adult when you aren’t home.
Teach THe Basics
Talk to your kids. 80 percent of children abducted by strangers had first contact with their abductor
within a quarter mile of the child’s home. Teach your kids:
SET YOUR APP TO NOTIFY YOU WHEN YOUR KIDS COME HOME
PROGRAM A NOTIFICATION TO ALERT YOU WHEN YOUR KIDS COME IN THE FRONT DOOR
GIVE YOUR KIDS AN INDIVIDUAL SECURITY CODE SO THAT YOUR HOME SECURITY SYSTEM TRACKS WHEN THEY ARE COMING AND GOING
for visual learners:
get a view with cameras
Indoor cameras can give you the power to check in on your little ones when you have worries. You can get visual verification that your kids have made it home from school. Other devices, like the Ring doorbell, also come equipped with cameras. If little Johnny is home alone while you work late, a camera can help him know if a visitor is friend or foe without having to open the door.
keep plans off social media
Teach your kids to practice safety when online. Kids should keep public announcements of having the house to themselves o of social media. Also, remind them to avoid engaging with people they don’t know on online platforms.20%of children 10-17 years old receive unwanted online solicitations.