Safety for Babysitters
From the Set Living Well
Babysitting can be a fun way for kids to earn money, but it also involves a lot of responsibility. Young readers will learn how to prepare for a babysitting job, what kinds of questions to ask the parents, what to do in emergencies, and much more that will help them become confident and responsible sitters.
- An Evening at the Martins' House
- Getting Ready to Babysit
- Being in Charge
- What to Do in an Emergency
- How to Have Fun and Be Safe
- When the Parents Come Home
- Questions and Answers about Babysitting Safety
- Helping a Friend Learn about Babysitting Safety
- Did You Know?
- How to Learn More about Babysitting Safety
A noteworthy review of Living Well from School Library Journal on December 1, 2004
These clearly written titles have an appealing layout with plenty of full-color photos and a triple-spaced text. Babysitters is an excellent, easy-to-understand overview that recommends several steps to take before assuming responsibility for childcare, such as a first-aid class, spending time with children and pets before the parents leave, and formulating an emergency escape plan in case of fire. Caroline Greene’s The Babysitter’s Handbook (DK, 1999) is more detailed, but less readable. Neighborhood provides solid tips for getting to know your neighbors (safely) and recognizing strangers (who may appear safe), noticing things that might be out of place, and handling knocks on the door when you are alone. Internet contains a fairly comprehensive overview of online safety, including choosing age-appropriate sites, e-mailing, instant messaging, netiquette, and maintaining one’s privacy. Some topics, such as shopping online and bidding at online auction sites, will, one hopes, not be relevant to this audience.
Author: Lucia Raatma
Lucia Raatma received her bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of South Carolina and her master's degree in cinema studies from New York University. She has written a wide range of books for young people. When she is not researching or writing, she enjoys going to movies, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family. She lives in New York.