Home Security Tips to Teach Your Kids
We know you want a safer environment for your kids. And part of ensuring your kids’ personal safety at all times is making them understand the importance of home security, as well as teaching them how to protect themselves when they’re outside the home.
1.Teach your children to never talk to strangers, in person or online.Some would-be robbers take advantage of children asking for relevant information like the parent’s name, occupation, address, and schedules. Answering these questions might look harmless for a child, but it can make burglary easier for the criminals. Also, tell them to not post sensitive information on social media because it’s making it easy for people with bad intentions to rob you. Children are naturally trusting, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But when we’re talking about security, make them understand that some things aren’t meant to be shared, especially with strangers.
2. Know when not to open doors.Teach your children to make it a habit to always take a peek first, whether through the door or the window–to determine who’s knocking before opening the door. If it’s a stranger or a delivery man, tell them to never open the door and call an adult. If they’re alone at home, they could just ask the delivery man to drop off the package at the doorstep. If the person knocking looks for someone who’s not at home, remind your kids to tell them to go back another time.
3. Be extra mindful with the keys.If your children are old enough to have a copy of the house keys, remind them to always keep it in a safe place inside their purse or bag. And in case they lose their copy, they should inform you immediately so that you can take the necessary safety measures.
4. Teach your kids how to handle home appliances.Wrong use of the microwave or the stove can cause fires. So instead of running that risk every time, it’s better to teach your children to use these appliances properly. Remind them to unplug appliances when not in use.
5. Have an emergency plan to follow.Your children should know what to do in cases of emergency. Tell them to memorize emergency numbers like 911 and the police hotline aside from your number. Have them call these numbers in case something happens at home or outside. Also, make sure that the emergency kit is within reach of your children so they can have easy access to it if needed.
6. Make sure that your kids know how to use your home security devices.If you’ve installed security devices at home, teach your kids how to use these properly. It will lessen the chance of a false alarm, will ensure that the security devices are all working properly, and they will know what to do in case one of the devices triggered an alarm. To know more home security tips for your family, read Practical Home Security Tips.
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