Children need to be reminded about safety protocols when arriving and leaving school. With many parents working, school transfers, au pairs and lift shares are very common. It is not always easy for the school to keep track of how children are arriving or leaving so parents needs to reinforce some basic safety protocols.
This is particularly relevant following the spate of kidnappings which were reported last year.
Charnel Hattingh, Fidelity ADT’s Head: Group Marketing and Communications, has advice that can help increase peace of mind.
She suggests the following tips are shared with the kids, and that they are encouraged to practise them every day:
In some cases, when parents are working all day, and domestic helpers may not be around full day, children have to keep themselves occupied until mom and dad return home in the evening.
“It is extremely important that the kids know not to let anyone into the house without your permission. If you are going to be late, let your children know as soon as possible and give them an idea of when they can expect you to be home,” says Hattingh.
She suggests drawing up a list of important telephone numbers. “This list must include emergency services and mom and dad’s work and cell phone numbers. Save it on your child’s cell phone, and stick it on or near the landline. It’s also important to explain to them when these should be used.”
Hattingh adds that everyone in the household should also know how to use your home security system – children included – and when and how to use the panic buttons.
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