Keeping Your ‘Latchkey Kid’ Safe

Safety tips for kids home alone after school.

Latchkey Kid Safety

At around 11or 12, depending on a child’s maturity level, spending a couple of hours home alone after school is a real child-care option for working parents. If you do decide that your child is ready for this, here’s a few safety tips for latchkey kids, from Samantha Wilson, author of Safe Kids, Safe Families. “If your child is home alone, some great rules to follow are they should never open the door to anyone, never answer the phone – if you don’t have call display and you need to call them as a parent make sure to set up a cold ring system so they know that it’s you if you’ll ring once, hang up and then immediately the next call will be yours. Make sure that they don’t bring any friends over – it’s not a time to play. Discuss with your children how they’re feeling home alone. If they’re uncomfortable don’t leave them home alone – always make sure that there’s a parent close by or another adult that you trust, that they can go to if they need help.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Samantha Wilson, a former police officer, Founder and President of the Kidproof Group of Companies and author of Safe Kids, Safe Families.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service

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