Child Safety & Prevention Series #5

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Important things to consider before allowing your child to stay home without you.

Staying Home Alone

With everything parents have to juggle these days, the time may come when families have to leave a child home alone.

There are a number of important things to consider before allowing your child to stay home without you.

You should…

  • Assess your child.  Make sure he or she is mature enough to handle this responsibility.  Ask your child how he or she feels about being alone.
  • Define rules and expectations to help ensure your child maintains a daily routine while home alone.
  • Keep a list of numbers close to the telephone including those for you, other trusted adults, 911 and other emergency services.
  • Create practice situations and be sure your child understands what to do in specific emergencies such as a fire or loss of electricity.

Make sure your child knows…

  • His or her full name, address and telephone number along with your full name and how to reach you.
  • He or she should never open the door for someone unless that person is on a preapproved list of trusted adults you have provided.

Also make sure your child knows how to…

  • Contact 911 in case of an emergency.
  • Carry his or her key so it is hidden and secure.
  • Lock the door after entering and make sure the home is secure.
  • Tell callers you’re unavailable instead of saying he or she is home alone.
  • Check with you immediately upon returning home to let you know he or she has safely arrived.

For more information about child safety, visit MissingKids.com

NOTE:  This is not the property of NOT IN MY WORLD!!!!, we are a self-supporting information center for parents, families, and the public, to help all children, who are the future of our world; by raising awareness to Child Abuse, and it’s lifelong detrimental effects.

We want to say THANK YOU to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the U.S. Department of Justice for allowing us the use of so many resources to properly educate our staff, and also to pass along this valuable information and resources to parents, families, and the public.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
http://www.missingkids.com
1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678)

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
NSOPW
https://www.nsopw.gov

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