Safe + Sound First Aid Training offers Home Alone online training for children aged 10+. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from parents and caregivers about children being home alone.
Q: How can I tell if my child is ready to stay home alone?
Signs Your Child May Be Ready To Stay Home Alone:
While every child matures differently, some signs indicate your child may be ready to stay home without adult supervision for short periods of time. These signs will help parents, guardians, and caregivers gauge their child’s readiness.
Your child —
- is at least 10 years of age.
- follows family rules and instructions.
- knows his/her full name, address, major intersections and phone number.
- understands when and how to contact 911.
- is not afraid to stay home alone.
- knows what to do when the unexpected arises.
- has basic first aid skills, knows where the first aid kit is and how to use its contents.
- knows how to lock the door routinely and safeguard the key
- knows how to contact a trusted adult if needed.
Q: What are the benefits of online, self-directed Home Alone classes for children aged 9-13?
There are several benefits to online, self-directed classes on the subject of home alone, safety, and first aid for children aged 10+:
Self-sufficiency: These classes can teach children how to be self-sufficient and take care of themselves if they are home alone.
Safety skills: Children can learn essential safety skills, such as handling emergencies and what to do in the event of an injury.
Independence: These classes can help children develop a sense of independence and responsibility.
Confidence: Children can gain confidence in handling difficult situations by learning new skills.
Fun: These classes can be engaging and interactive, making them more enjoyable for children.
Convenience: Children can complete online, self-directed classes at a time that’s convenient for the child and their family.
Accessibility: Online classes can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, making them a convenient option for families who may not have access to in-person classes in their area.
Q: What is the minimum age for leaving children home alone?
Please check your community’s child protection services for local guidelines or laws regarding the recommended minimum age to leave a child home alone. This age varies from province to province and state to state.
Q: What other factors should I consider when deciding if my child is ready to stay home alone?
Parents should be mindful that not all children mature at the same age and that age is not the only factor to consider when deciding a child’s readiness. Temperament, maturity, access to Emergency Medical Services, and willingness are also factors to consider.
Parents should not force a child to stay home alone before they are ready. Taking the Home Alone course will help youths develop many essential safety skills, but it does not guarantee that a child will be prepared to stay on their own. This is a judgement call for parents, guardians and caregivers as they know the child’s abilities best.
The Home Alone Safety for Kids course will help your child prepare for independence. Practical and convenient, this self-guided and self-paced tutorial helps to build a child’s confidence through engaging games, rich digital media, videos and colourful graphics that equip youth with skills for a lifetime of safety. It provides valuable life skills for your child and peace of mind for parents and caregivers.
Q: How long is the online Home Alone course?
The Home Alone Safety for Kids online course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.
Q: How old do children have to be to take the Home Alone online course?
The Home Alone Safety for Kids online course is designed for children aged 10+ years.
Q: What topics are included in the online Home Alone course?
- Home Alone course topics include:
- How to be street smart and stay alert
- Routines and house rules
- Safe snacking
- Making smart choices online
- Fire safety
- Injury prevention
- Basic first aid
Q: Can I watch a preview video of the Home Alone course?
Q: What is the pass mark for the Home Alone course?
Participants must achieve a mark of 80% to receive a certificate of completion. They can repeat the course twice if they don’t get 80% or more on the first attempt.
Q: Will my child receive a certificate after completing the Home Alone course?
Yes. Your child will receive a digital participation certification after completing the Home Alone course.
Q: After taking the Home Alone online course, will my child be qualified to babysit?
After taking the Home Alone Safety for Kids course, your child will be safer and more confident to stay home alone. If they are planning to babysit, we recommend they also take a Red Cross Babysitting course. You can find more information about this course here: Canadian Red Cross Babysitting Program for 11-15 year-olds.
Q: How can I register my child for the Home Alone course?
Q: Who can I contact if I have questions about the Home Alone course?
Please contact us here via this form. Thank you.
Home Alone Online Training for Children is an investment in your child’s safety.