Children who are not
prepared to handle dangerous situations become vulnerable targets for child molesters and
other criminal predators. Parents must work with their children to explain some of
the potential danger that exists in everyday life. Children must be taught to become
more aware of their surroundings and what could possibly go wrong so that they do not
become an unsuspecting victim. There are several safety issues that we must take the
time to educate our children about such as "street safety", "home
safety", " auto safety" and "fire safety".
Today's busy society often
requires that both parents have to work and the young child has to come home from school
to an empty house.
There are several safety measures that
children should undertake if left alone in this type of situation:
-First, when coming home, check out the
house as you approach to make sure it looks safe.
-Look to see if there are any strange cars or
vehicles parked in the driveway or on the street nearby. If there is, then go to the
neighbor and tell them why you are afraid and have them call the police to check out the
-If you see a door open or a window open that
shouldn't be, go to a neighbor's house and tell them what you've found and let them
call the police.
-Once you are safely inside the house,
lock all of the doors and make sure the windows are locked.
-NEVER answer the door or open it. Look
out the window or through a peep-hole to see whom is at the door. If it is someone
you don't know then call 911 and tell the police that you are home alone and there is a
stranger at your door. Let them check it out.
When you answer the
telephone, NEVER tell the person calling that you are home alone. Tell them that
your parents are busy and that you will take a message for them to call back later.
As a family, you should
have a plan of action if someone tries to break into the house when the child is home
alone. Work out the plan so that everyone knows where there is a safe place to
hide. Make sure that a telephone is placed in or near the hiding place. If
possible, use a cellular telephone so that the child can call 911 if the predator cuts the
regular phone lines.