When your children get home from school, you want them to be safe. However, many parents are not able to get home as early as school lets out. Because most break-ins occur during the day, there’s chance your child may be home alone while an intruder is eyeing the house. By teaching them about security, children can stay safe until parents get home.

Review these tips with your child to make sure they are safe and secure after school.

Locking Up

Locking the door is an obvious first step, but there are a few key points to remember regarding keys and doors.

  • Remind your children to depart the bus stop and go straight home. They may not need to be inside the house, but discourage them from straying too far from home on their own.
  • You may not be ready to hand a set of keys to your child—instead, use a smart lock to unlock it remotely for them.
  • Remind them to never open the door for strangers. Consider security solutions such as smart doorbell cameras and surveillance that can be viewed remotely. You could see for yourself that a visitor is in fact a family member, and let them in the house using your mobile phone.

Using the Alarm System

Installing an alarm system is an effective way to protect your home and child and to give you peace of mind.

  • Teach your children how to use your security system. Place the keypad in an area they can reach, but out of view from the windows; you don’t want potential intruders to view the code as it’s entered.
  • Use an alarm system with remote alerts. There many uses for a security app linked to your home, but knowing when the kids get home is a reassuring one.
  • Let your kids hear the alarm go off, so they know what it sounds like and how to shut it off. Find a security system that is monitored in real time—if there is an emergency, you know there are others looking out for your kids.

Knowing What to Do In Case of a Break-In

Give your kids clues about how they can detect if the house has been burglarized:

  • Broken windows.
  • Open doors.
  • Ransacked living spaces.

Remind them to never enter the house if it looks suspicious, and immediately turn to a trusted neighbor (with whom you’ve discussed this protocol beforehand).

Although the thought is frightening, you should also prepare your children with some tips in case of a break-in while they’re home. In fact, break-ins are over twice as likely to occur during the day than at night. The most common entry point is the front door, and 60 percent of burglaries involve forcible entry.

Your specific plan in this scenario depends on your home’s layout, but it’s another reason why monitored security is helpful.

How do you teach your children to be safe at home? Share in the comments below.