Your children are incredibly important, and you want to do whatever you can to protect them. While your home should be a secure place for them, there are people out there who would take advantage of them. In order to protect your children, you need to set safety rules with them. Take a few moments to discuss the following points with your children.
Depending on the age of your kids, you may or may not allow them to answer the door. Make sure you set rules for your children to follow and make sure they understand them. Your children should never be opening the door by themselves, especially if you aren’t with them. Teach them to always check out a window or peep hole if they are tall enough, before they open the door. If it isn’t someone the recognize, they shouldn’t open the door. If you are leaving them home alone, consider revoking any door answering privileges. If they are allowed to answer the door, make sure they know not to tell anyone that their parents aren’t there.
In addition to talking about answering doors, you need to talk to your kids about answering phones. Forbidding your children to answer the telephone when you’re not home is one option. Another alternative is to allow them to answer the telephone only when certain people are calling. If you choose to have your kids answer the telephone every time it rings, have a set script for them to follow. For instance, your kids should never tell a strange person on the telephone they’re home alone. Also let them know if someone starts asking questions to hand the phone to an adult or, if there isn’t one available, to hang up.
Using Social Media
Everyone has some form of social media today, and many children spend a decent amount of time on the various platforms. Not only should you have rules about how much they can use social media, you should also make sure they don’t put too much personal information online and that their privacy settings are pretty strict. They should not post information about when they are home alone or family vacations. Children want to brag about the cool things they are doing, but make sure they wait until you are all home to post cool pictures and stories about vacation. It may make you seem like the uncool parent, but you can help them understand by explaining how it keeps them and their home safe.
Homes have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to protect your family, but not everyone has an alarm system, and if they do, they don’t usually share this information with their children. You should also teach your kids how to use the security system. Make sure they understand what the alarm sounds like, and have a plan for what to do if it does go off. Burglars are more likely to test your home security during warmer months, when your children are more likely to be home. Teach them how to disarm the alarm if they accidentally set it off, but make sure they know how serious this is. You don’t have to scare them, but they need to know that this is serious.
If you have kids at home, you likely want to do everything in your power to keep them safe at all times. To accomplish this vital task, talking with them about home security issues sooner rather than later is crucial. What you allow them to do will depend on their age, maturity, and where you live, but if they are prepared to act and they understand why you have rules, you can be assured that your children and home are much safer.