Home Security Guide for Kids
Home safety alert for kids: follow these tips to stay safe and secure at home, whether you're home alone or home with your family.
- Always lock the door behind you. Keep your key safely in your pocket when you're not at home.
- Learn how to use your home security system.
- Never enter your home if the door or windows are broken.
- If you notice a stranger breaking in, find a safe place to hide and call 911 immediately.
- Ask your parents to set up a code word for safety.
- Never open the door for strangers or tell a caller that you're home alone.
- Create an emergency safety kit with a flashlight, first aid supplies, and a battery powered radio.
- Practice calling 911, including sharing your name, address, and phone number.
- Call 911 if there is a burglar, someone is hurt, or there is a fire.
- Memorize and practice dialing important phone numbers, like your mom and dad's cell phone numbers.
- Create a safe evacuation plan for a fire or other emergency with your parents.
- Never post on social media that you're home alone or going out of town. Do not share your address on social media.
With this home security guide for kids, you can go over the basics of home security with your children. Follow these tips to make the most of our guide and keep your children safe.
- Make a plan: Tell children what they should do in an emergency, such as hide from burglars, evacuate during a fire, and call 911 if there's an emergency. Children should know the safest way to escape from their home.
- Practice and write down important phone numbers: Work with your child to help them memorize your cell phone number and 911. For other numbers, write them down in a place that's easy to find and make sure they know where it is.
- Show them how to use your home security system: Make sure children know how to arm and disarm your home security system properly so that they can use it, particularly if they are home alone. At the very least, show children how to use a panic button or call for help.
- Make arrangements with a trusted neighbor: If your child will be home alone for any period, talk to a neighbor you trust about being a resource for them in case of emergency. Tell your children that if there's a serious problem, they can go to your neighbor's house for help.
- Create a code word: Talk with your child to create a code word that others can use to indicate that they're safe to talk to. This is useful for friends, family, and neighbors that might need to visit your home or drive your child somewhere.
- Put together a safety kit: Ask your child to help you gather items for a home security and safety kit, including a first aid kit, radio, flashlight, and important emergency numbers.
- Establish rules for checking in: Another important tip for children at home is making sure they know how and when to check in with you. Create and agree to guidelines together about when they'll call you, such as when they get home, if someone knocks on the door, and when friends want to come over.
- Set guidelines for social media: For older children, make sure they're clear on what is and isn't OK to post on social media, such as your home address and travel plans.
Want more information on home security for children? View our guide to Protecting Children with Home Security.
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