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After-School Home Safety Tips To Keep Families Safe and Protected

after school safety tips for families

Kids are going back to school and that means parents who work outside of the home, will have help with caring for their kids after-school.

Whether it’s a babysitter, family member, neighbor or whether your child teenager is old enough to come home to an empty house, it’s important to go voer home safety rules every so often. Take the month of August to reevaluate your family safety plan.

Being aware of potential danger is the first stop to preventing harm!

The Ride (or Walk) Home

School bus safety and rules come from the school district. Take the time to go over the school bus rules with your child so that they know what to expect. It is important to tell your child(ren) to let you know that the ride to and from school isn’t safe any longer for a variety of reasons (bullying, unsafe driver, unruly students, heat or cold)

If you child walks home alone, or with a group of friends, make sure you have a system set up to check on them each day right after they arrive home. Go over the rules (no lingering, don’t bring friends home) so that you both know what to expect!

Kids Home Alone

When is your child ready to stay home alone after school? It depends on each child as well as the area you live in, technology you currently have installed in your home, the maturity level of the child and the state you live in (law)

Read more about how to know your child is safe to stay home alone after school.

If you think your child might be ready to be home alone without a babysitter or after-school care, read this!

Babysitters, Tutors and Neighbors, Oh My!

If you do need to give a babysitter, tutor or neighbor access to your home, it’s important to have a security system installed with a mobile app so that you can have a visual of what’s going on at home!

Hiring a babysitter should not stress you out , instead focus on creating a back-to-school family safety plan!

Strangers at the Door!

Tips about how to handle a stranger at the door, from a previous article here on the Strand Security Blog. We suggest you share the following with your teenager who might be home alone!

1 Take a look at the Stranger.

Try to get a look at who is knocking on your door. You may need to find a window in the house that makes your front door visible or use the peephole if you have one. You must have a way to see who is at the front door without opening it!

2 Keep Your Phone on You.

Have your phone visibly on you for the knocker to see. If a situation should occur you will have easy access to call 911.

3 Call Out to Someone in the House.

Can someone get the door?” or  “I’ll get it

Maybe you are alone but the knocking stranger does not have to know that! Make it evident that there are others in the house with you. This can deter any planned unwanted activities.

4 Do Not Ignore Them.

Sometimes the first reaction is to just ignore a stranger’s knock all together. However, in doing so, you are silently announcing that your house is empty and now is a good time to break in. So, it is better to say something no matter the time of day. A majority of break-ins occur during the day when people are thought to be at work.

5 Request Their Identity.

If a utility worker knocks at your door, ask for them to prove their identity with the company they work for. You can always call the subject’s company to check if they have sent someone to your house.

6 Do Not Share Information.

Strangers may take advantage of you by saying they are in trouble, hurt or in need of help. As much as we all would like to help our fellow citizens, it may be a better choice to let them know you are calling 911 and help is on the way.

Technology can help in this situation! Read more about which devices can help here.

Cyber Safety at Home

THIS is the time to talk to your kids and teenagers about online safety: cyber security! Not when they start to act strange, not when they are upset, scared or sad. Talk to them before leaving them home alone for extended periods of time!

Cyber safety and security should take an important, prominent place in your back-to-school family safety plan.

Set rules, boundaries and check in often!

House Rules

Last but not least… house rules are house rules whether you are home as a parent, or not! Make sure you instill a sense of responsibility in your child or teenager, to build mutual trust. Respect goes both ways. Always be sure to tell the kids you’ll be checking the cameras remotely if they are home alone. They need to know you can see them or talk with them.

Safety rules about pool usage, opening doors for strangers or or operating dangerous tools are all important enough to warrant a frequent reminder!

Your house, your rules, and that includes rules for friends and rules for pets, too!

After-School Activities!

We wish you, your family, your kids a fantastic 2021-2022 school year. We are here to help you navigate it all. If you need smarthome solutions to keep your family safe, need (additional) security cameras, or a panic button for your employees or elderly parents, we can help you with all of that!

If you are thinking a home theater would be great to have at home, we can help with the design, installation and servicing for that as well! Just give us a call!
Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

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7 Things to Teach Your Child To Be Safe and Protected Now!

7 things to teach your child so that they are safe and protected even when staying home alone. Myrtle Beach Safety and Security Experts

Looks Who’s Home Alone!

As parents to three kids, as small business owners and as security company owners, we know a thing or two about safety and security! We also know that as parents of teens, you can not be with them at all times, everywhere. Kids go off with their friends, or are left home alone to do homework (and chores, maybe?).

Reality check:

You just can not be with your child or teen 24/7.

So as your child ages and gets older, s/he should have more responsibilities around the house, and around town.
This responsibility comes with added anxiety for parents, right?!

The best way to combat this anxiety is to be informed and to teach our children well!

In previous articles, we’ve touched on several kid-related safety and security issues.
Check out the following articles for great tips and information!


 

Would You Know How To Fight Off A Kidnapper?

New Driver? Enter Vehicle Tracker From Honeywell Total Connect.

3 Ways To Know If Your Child Is Ready To be left Home Alone.

Safety First! Make a Family Emergency Plan Today.

Hiring a Babysitter Shouldn’t Stress You Out!


 About Being Alone. Not Helpless.

So what can you do today to reduce your stress over your child gaining more independence and them being alone more?

You should

  • talk with your child and set expectations re: places to go, timing and when to check in
  • prepare your child to be out alone; teach self-defense, awareness and safety rules
  • check out and then implement the following seven tips!

 

7  Things to Teach Your Child About Safety!

  1. Teach your child not to open the front door when home alone. If there is one exception, it should be to open the door for the parent or grandparent, no one else. They should also have the alarm system activated when home alone!
  2. Teach your child when it’s appropriate, and how to dial 911. Talk through a range of situations where you should (and shouldn’t) call for help – use real-life examples if needed.
  3. Create a simple family text code (something like 711 or 321) that they can easily remember and use to contact you if they are scared, or in danger.
  4. Create a memorable family code word. This word should only be given to family members (or trusted friends in your absence). Teach your children that they are never to leave with anyone who doesn’t have the secret code. The word should remain a secret and changed periodically.
  5. Teach your child the following: their home address, phone number and parents’ full names.
  6. Teach your child to listen to that little voice that tells them something is not right, and to trust it. Tell them that sometimes adults may make them feel uncomfortable. It is always okay for them to move away or leave immediately, and to tell a trusted adult what happened. It is important that your children know that you will always help and support them, and that you will never be upset at them trying to protect themselves.
  7. Create a list of ‘favorites’ in your and/or their cellphone. Add your spouse/partner and one or two immediate family members (or trusted friends) and teach your child how to find and call these numbers.

7 things to teach your child to be safe and protected when staying home alone.

Sit Down and Have a Safety Talk With Your Child(ren) Today!

Don’t wait – it’s never a perfect or convenient time to do it, but if you can’t make the time today, at least make the time to schedule a family safety meeting this weekend!

Let us know if we can help you in anyway!

Contact Strand Security today

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