Answering the Phone or Door

By Karen Larsen

A child answering the door

All the rules about strangers hold for answering the phone or the door when your child is at home. It is most important when your child is at home alone. Here are some safety tips that should be followed:

  • Lock all doors and windows when you leave.
  • Never answer the phone by saying your first or last name.
  • If a caller asks your name, ask them who they wish to speak with, if they cannot name someone in your family, hang up.
  • If a caller asks, “What number is this?” ask him what number he is looking for.
  • Never let a caller know you are alone. Tell him your parents are unavailable to come to the phone and take a message.
  • Never give your address over the phone.
  • If you receive a rude, or, obscene phone call, hang up right away and push star (*) 69 to find out where the call came from. When the operator tells you the number, write it down.
  • Never agree to purchase anything over the phone.
  • Always ask, “Who is it?” before answering the door. If you do not know the person, do not open the door. If the person does not leave, call the police at 780 423-4567.
  • Be sure all emergency numbers, including a reliable relative or friend are listed directly by the phone. Make sure you know how to use the emergency buttons on the phone for 911, but, remember only use it in an emergency.
  • Street proofing is an important lesson for children at all times. It is up to parents, educators and service providers to make sure our children are safe.