One of the very first things you should teach your child about being home alone is to only answer phone calls from people they know.
Give him or her a list of phone numbers that they are permitted to answer.
Calls from unknown people or people who have not been permitted should always be left to voice mail.
Accidentally Answering the Phone
Especially since your child is still young, there may be instances where he or she answers the phone accidentally when they should not have.
If they ever end up taking a stranger's or unpermitted person's call, train them to never let the person on the other line know that they're home alone.
Have them say something like, "My mom's busy showering, I'll have her call you when she's done" or something similar.
Staying in the House
Make sure you insist to your child that they always stay at home. Don't allow them to go into the front yard or even the backyard. As long as you're not home, your child should never wander around the verandah, porch, or garden even if it is very close to your home or seemingly out of sight from strangers. The only instance where your child should be allowed to leave the home is in a case of a fire or similar emergency.
Make sure your child knows how to use the security system you have installed in your home. They should know what the alarm means and what to do if they accidentally set it off by opening a door or window, according to home security system experts.
Have Them Call You
Tell your child to call you every time he or she arrives home. This is a great way to ensure your child is safe and at home when they should be, and it's also an excellent way to reassure your child that they're safe.
As you can see, teaching your child to stay safe at home definitely doesn't have to be difficult. Just teach your child to adhere to the five tips listed above, and they will be relatively safe even if they're home alone.
Site last updated: 7. December 2019