COURSE DESCRIPTION

Safe@Home by Safe Sitter® is a 90-minute program designed for students in grades 4-6 to prepare them to be safe when they are home alone. The program is designed to enable any adult that enjoys teaching preteens to facilitate an introductory level program to prepare students to care for themselves when parents are away for short periods of time. You do not need to be a Safe Sitter® Instructor to teach Safe@Home.

Students learn how to practice safe habits, how to prevent unsafe situations, and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies. Students are also introduced to the Safe Sitter® First Aid Chart and learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses. The program is designed to prepare students for their first steps towards independence.

Each student is required to have a Safe@Home booklet ($12.50/person) and each order includes an electronic Completion Certificate, Faciliator’s Guide, and digital presentation. The Facilitator’s Guide includes a script to follow and includes planned questions to facilitate the discussion. See a curriculum sample.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Safe@Home is ideal for students that have expressed interest in assuming the responsibility of staying home alone. Many Safe Sitter® Providers offer Safe@Home classes in addition to the Safe Sitter® babysitting classes. Use our Find a Class feature to find Safe Sitter® Providers near you. If you cannot find a Safe@Home class in your area, consider ordering a single copy of Safe@Home and lead your child through the curriculum.

Students in grades 6-8 that are interested in learning how to stay home alone safely as well as care for younger children should complete one of our comprehensive Safe Sitter® courses.

INFORMATION FOR SAFE SITTER® PROVIDERS

Safe Sitter® Providers can purchase Safe@Home booklets at a discounted fee on the Product Order Form. At the end of the class, please submit a roster to Safe Sitter, Inc. using the Excel roster form or in the Student Roster tab in Instructor Resources. If you have any questions about offering Safe@Home, please contact your Program Support Specialist. To learn more about becoming a Safe Sitter® Provider, visit Provider Options.

What is Safe Sitter®?

Safe Sitter, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing individuals with the life and safety skills they need for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting.

How is Safe@Home different from other Safe Sitter® classes?

Safe@Home is an introductory course meant for small groups and is designed to be facilitated by any adult that enjoys teaching preteens and being a role model. In addition, Safe@Home is an introduction to safety skills and first aid necessary to prepare students for the responsibility of staying safe when unsupervised. However, Safe@Home does not include instruction on rescue skills, child care skills, or business skills.

Students who complete Safe@Home and want to learn more can enroll to take a comprehensive Safe Sitter® course, such as Safe Sitter® Essentials, Safe Sitter® Essentials with CPR, or Safe Sitter® Expanded, at a Safe Sitter® Provider near them. To find a provider in your area, go to safesitter.org/find-a-class.

Who can purchase the Safe@Home program?

The Safe@Home program is intended for small groups and is designed to enable any adult that enjoys teaching preteens to facilitate an introductory level program about home alone safety.

To order online, click here.

What materials are required to teach Safe@Home?

Each order comes with the Facilitator’s Guide and a digital presentation to use in class as a visual aid for students. The digital presentation is a PDF consisting of 26 pages/slides. The presentation should be shown on-screen in full-screen mode. The numbers on the left side of the script in the Facilitator’s Guide will tell you what page of the presentation you should show the class for each section. Also included is a PDF completion certificate that can be personalized and printed out for each student completing the course.

To order online, click here.

Can you re-use student or facilitator materials?

No. To reproduce content in the Safe@Home program is a violation of copyright. A group can purchase additional individual student booklets and student materials. Students take home their booklets to reference in the future..

Does Safe@Home prepare students to stay home alone?

Safe@Home provides excellent instruction on staying safe inside the house, outside the house, online, and with others. However, preteens mature at their own pace and parents need to make sure they’re ready for the responsibility. To help you determine if your child is ready, read Home Alone: 5 Questions To Ask Before  You Let Your Kids Stay Home Alone.

What age are preteens ready to stay home alone?

There is no age that students are automatically ready to stay home alone. Staying home alone is a big responsibility, and all preteens need maturity and confidence to take on that responsibility. They also need to be comfortable with the idea of being home unsupervised. Finally, it is important that parents agree their child is ready to take on this responsibility and be available to support them as needed. For more information, read What Age Are Kids Ready To Stay Home Alone?.

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