For school-age children, summer break means sleeping in, spending time at the pool and vacationing with family. But for many, it also means extra time home alone while parents are at work – and possibly spending more time on social media. Security experts suggest now is the perfect time for families to review safety rules with their children.
Tim Conahan, vice president of franchise standards for Signal 88 Security, a national private security company with more than 100 franchises, says it’s important every family member is on the same page this summer.
Many children in our community become latchkey kids during the day while their parents are at work, he says. It’s important to go over some basic rules before they’re left alone.
Keep emergency numbers near the phone, including a close neighbor and cellphone numbers for both parents.
Know whom your children are with, what they’re doing and where they are.
Have your children check in with you at set points throughout the day, and spontaneously call them periodically, if possible.
Review with your children how to lock all doors and windows in your home.
Instruct your children not to let guests into the home without permission.
Insist your children do not announce they’re home alone to anyone on the phone or at the door.