Well, I’m sure all you moms and dads are getting ready to send your little ones back to school soon. Can you believe the summer is almost over? I’m still convinced we have another few months of sunshine and warm weather and no early mornings, but the calendar keeps telling me differently.
As school gears up for another year, this is an excellent time to talk to your children about back-to-school safety and what you can do to make sure your home and family are secure
1) Talk to your kids about strangers—they should not talk to strangers, they should not take rides from strangers, and if there is an adult who is trying to talk to them or their friends in an inappropriate way, it’s important that your kids know what they need to do. Come up with a plan, including a trusted a adult both at school and at home who is their point of contact. This is especially important if your kids walk home themselves or are taking the school bus for the first time.
2) Talk to your kids about after-school protocol, especially if they are going to be coming home before you are finished with work—this conversation should include information about disarming and rearming the security alarm in your home; keeping doors and windows locked; rules about talking with strangers, picking up the telephone and giving people information about you and your family.
3) If you have older kids who are already quite independent, you may want to address issues of security in public places such as at the beach, at the mall, at local restaurants or while they are driving.
4) With a new school year, this is a perfect time to update and practice your home security plan in the event of a fire, earthquake, burglary or other unfortunate event.
Do you have any back-to-school safety and security ideas for us? We want everyone to be well-prepared as you’re sending your little ones off into a new classroom and new school year. Ahh! They grow up so fast