Back-to-school safety review
It’s the time of year when kids heading back to school. As you do your fall back-to-school planning, include a family safety review in the discussion and have a plan.
Sit down with your kids to find out what they know and don’t know about what to do in different situations.
- Does your child know who you have designated as emergency contacts at school in the event of illness or other school emergencies if you are unavailable?
- Does your child know how to contact you when you are not together? Do they have your home and cell phone numbers memorized?
- Does your child know how and when to call 911 for help? Only call 911 when there is a life-threatening emergency.
- If your child should come home after school to an empty house, do they know what to do? If they are younger, should they go to a designated neighbor’s house? If they are older, do they have a key, and do they know how to get into the house?
- For ‘tweens and teens, when are they ready to be home alone? Every child is different, and Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy has a great home alone quiz that helps parents make that determination.
Make a plan and practice
Consider creating a paper copy of contact information for your family and other important people/offices, such as doctors, schools and service providers. Have your kids carry this information in their backpacks, keep it in your purse/wallet/office, and post it in a prominent location in your home. Make sure your designated emergency contacts have that same information. Have your children practice calling and texting emergency contacts. They should say where they are and that they are OK. Quiz your kids to recite your address and phone numbers from memory. A little practice and planning goes a long way toward making this school year smoother and safer for all.
Free resources to keep kids safe & healthy
The Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program offers a variety of free resources and downloads to help with family safety planning, emergency phone numbers, staying home alone, teens in the kitchen and many other safety topics for kids by age and stage. Visit KohlsSafeandHealthy.com for details.