Learning bus schedules and fulfill new teachers. Shopping for super-sweet knapsacks and getting overdue haircuts. The smell of fresh notebooks, erasers, and No. 2 pencils. Ah, the exuberances of back-to-school season!
The start of a school year is an exciting time. But when life-time gets hectic, things get missed, so ask yourself: With all the shopping and prepping and scheduling, have you had time to sit down and discuss back-to-school family safety?
A recent U.S. Census report proves 7 million of the nation’s 38 million elementary and middle school-aged children are left home alone regularly. Even if a child isn’t home alone, they may walk alone to and from school, the bus, or an after-school activity.
With a few simple instructions and a little bit of practice, children can feel confident being home alone for a few hours outside of the school day. Likewise, parents will have peace of mind knowing their child is prepared in case of an emergency.
So carve out some time during these final periods of summertime to prepare your children with school-time safety lessons. Here are some of our favorite tips-off for families as the kids return to the classroom.
Ease into your routine
When you have children, schedules are everything. Some children handle changes in routine better than others, but a new schedule can stress anyone out. One sure-fire way to make a major routine vary feel chaotic is to dive into it with no scheming and preparation.
Establish your child’s school routine in advance to help things run more smoothly. Ensure they are certain with everything they need to know, including where they need to be, how and when to get there, and how to get home.
Family cell phone numbersHome addressTheir teacher’s nameBus schedule and numberSchool arrival and dismissal timesWhat to do in case of severe weather
Fancy a test-run? Walk your child through their morning routine, including are you ready, feeing breakfast, and walking to the bus stop together. If your child will be walking to school, take the walking together before the first day of school.
A shared, up-to-date calendar will help everyone keep track of schedule changes and the whereabouts of own family members. As a bonus, it’s a fun style got to make sure there’s plenty of family hour on the agenda!
Create check-in times
Establish a firm check-in time after school or at other periods when your child may be alone( traveling to an after-school activity or sports practice ). A simple text or call will give you an extra layer of reassurance that your child is safe.
Create a process for missed check-ins and explain them to your child. This way, they understand that if they don’t reach out or respond in a certain amount of period, you will alert the school and/ or the police.
Does your child arrive home from school while you’re at work? If you have a Guardian Protection smart home security system equipped with a video doorbell, you can receive mobile notifications when they get home.
Remember that group text before your cousin’s wedding that you couldn’t figure out how to remove yourself from? Use that technology for good!
If your children have cell phone, set up a family text message chain. Like the shared calendar, this is an easy way to keep everyone connected and on the same page. It’s great for logistics, ensuring everyone receives the same information at the same time( Bitmojis welcome and encouraged !).
In the hurry-up to get everyone to work and school, it’s easy to forget to lock up, specified the alarm system, or procure other entryways to your home. If you use a smart-alecky home security system, maximize the tools and technology available to ensure your home is secure after leaving.
With the Guardian mobile app, you can remotely limb your system, close the garage door, turn off the daylights, adjust the temperature, and so much more. It’s a helping hand that brought you peace of mind, whether you’re carpooling to baseball practice or working a late night.
Take time to ensure your child is comfortable with the basics of your monitored security system. Teach them the code and the importance of not sharing it with anyone. Whether your child employs a key or keypad to enter the home, practice entering and exiting together to boost their confidence.
We mentioned earlier that you can receive mobile alerts via the video bell when your child arrives home. Guardian Protection’s touchscreen IQ2 panel gives you another way to see that your child is home safe and using your alarm system correctly.
Back-to-school is a time to focus on education, new friends, and activities — not whether your child is safe at home or at an extracurricular. You’ll breathe easier after spending only a few cases hours preparing your children for being alone — well before they find themselves in that situation.
* Portrait notifications for the IQ2 may require additional fees. Please contact 1.800. PROTECT( 1.800.776.8328) to learn more about this feature.