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How to ensure your children are safe at all times

This blog post is sponsored by ADT.

As a parent, nothing is more important than keeping your child safe, but this can be a difficult job if you work full time.

Remember that safety starts at home. So if you have to leave your kids at home unsupervised, it’s important to talk to them about how to respond to people at the door or on the phone.  Instruct them to always keep the doors locked and to never answer the door unless they know the person. You should also make sure that children know that they shouldn’t let phone callers know they are by themselves.

With regular reports of students being abducted or attacked by bullies or criminals on their way to and from school, it’s vital to make sure there is an adult with your child at all times outside the home. Having watchful adults along school routes will help keep your child safe. If you have to leave for work before your kids head off to school, ask a trusted neighbor to walk them to and from the bus stop. You can also work with school officials to request that extra police patrols be present in the 30 minutes before and after school, and reach out to local neighborhood watch groups and ask them to provide volunteers to keep an eye on kids as they walk to school each morning and afternoon.

If you have decided that your child is old enough to venture into the world without an adult, prepare them by walking through your neighborhood together and pointing out safe areas and potentially dangerous places. Show them where to go if they ever need help and tell them to let you know who they are with and how you can reach them at all times. You can help keep your children safe by arming them with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate the world safely on their own.

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Gloria Grotticelli June 19, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Doesn't matter how old your child is. Even at an older age. I'm writing from Sun Valley Hills north of the 5. Just next a few days ago, my neighbor, out of high school, was at home with her visiting girlfriend when there was a knock at the which turned out to be persistent. They did not answer and the knock became more forceful, louder and louder until it stopped. The girls thought the person left, but before they knew it he was in the house. He came in through an unlocked back door. They ran to the bedroom, locked the door. and he tried to get it by jarring the door. In their hast to run to the room, the visiting girlfriend left her purse in the livingroom. He took her wallet and left all the while yelling for someome name Crystal, a ploy. The girls were lucky. We all know the potential of what could have happened. It could have been trajic. Worse thing is their dog is a barker, and she didn't even bark. at him. I was home next door while all of this was going on, and I didn't even know. It took the police 1 hour to arrive. It is imperative that our kids, home alone, whether young or older even older adults (he could have picked my house) take every necessary precaution. Lock all doors at all times and if you can close all windows. It's best.
Donna Evans June 19, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Gloria that story is heart stopping scary! I can't even imagine how petrified they were. Thank you for sharing!
James October 12, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Thanks for sharing this story Gloria. You are absolutely right we should be closed all doors and windows. http://www.gaylordsecurity.com/free-home-alarm-systems.php

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