Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Children's Health

Font Size
A
A
A

When Tweens Are Home Alone

Many Parents of Preteens Fail to School Them on Safety Issues, Poll Suggests

Too Few Parents Discuss Safety

The poll results make it clear that too few parents are talking to their children about safety prior to leaving them home alone, Davis says.

Nashville first-grade teacher and mother of three Michelle Allison and her husband, John, are among the exceptions.

On the occasions when tween daughters Emily, now almost 13, and Sophie, who is 11, are left at home alone for an hour or two, they know the rules. Eight-year-old Carter does not stay home without a parent.

"We run around like crazy most of the time taking one to lessons and another to practice, so this has become a big issue," Michelle says. "When the girls are home alone they know not to answer the door and no cooking. When we're gone, it's cold Pop Tarts."

The girls also have cell phones, and they are told to keep them close and answer them when their parents are not home.

"We have to be able to contact them at all times," she says.

Finally, John has placed content-blocking software on all five computers in the couples' home.

"The Internet is always a concern, so you have to monitor it carefully," Michelle says.

1 | 2

Today on WebMD

preschool age girl sitting at desk
Article
look at my hand
Slideshow
 
woman with cleaning products
Slideshow
young boy with fever
Article
 

worried kid
fitArticle
boy on father's shoulder
Article
 
Child with red rash on cheeks
Slideshow
girl thinking
Article
 

babyapp
New
Child with adhd
Slideshow
 
rl with friends
fitSlideshow
Syringes and graph illustration
Tool
 
6-Week Challenges
Want to know more?
Build a Fitter Family Challenge – Get your crew motivated to move.
Feed Your Family Better Challenge - Tips and tricks to healthy up your diet.
Sleep Better Challenge - Snooze clues for the whole family.
I have read and agreed to WebMD's Privacy Policy.
Enter cell phone number
- -
Entering your cell phone number and pressing submit indicates you agree to receive text messages from WebMD related to this challenge. WebMD is utilizing a 3rd party vendor, CellTrust, to provide the messages. You can opt out at any time.
Standard text rates apply

WebMD Special Sections