As children grow older they begin to take care of younger siblings and neighbors. For some kids babysitting for the first time can be an intimidating experience. To help young adults prepare for the task, representatives from the Naperville Police and Fire Departments hold babysitter training sessions.
More than 40 children went to Safety Town this week to learn tips on how to keep themselves and others safe when they’re babysitting.
“My mom thought it would be a good idea because my neighbor was thinking of having me babysit her two children,” said Jerome Perales, a 12-year-old Lisle resident.
“I haven’t babysat before and my mom wanted me to take this class before I entered the job,” said Sam Barry, a 13-year-old Naperville resident.
“We’re adopting and my mom is about to have a baby, and I have another younger sibling that’s already born, she’s six, so I need to be able to babysit them,” said John Krolick, a 10-year-old Naperville resident.
The babysitting safety course was not a certification course, but kids did learn some first aid skills, like how to save a choking baby.
“I just enjoyed learning how to do that and knowing that I could,” said Laurel Summers, an 11-year-old Naperville resident.
“In a while if I ever babysit a young child, like a baby, I could help them if they were choking,” said Taylor Schuch, an 11-year-old Naperville resident.
The babies had colored lights, so kids knew if they were doing the right technique.
Representatives from the Naperville Police and Fire Departments host babysitter trainings several times every year. They use power points, videos, and role-playing to teach young adults the responsibilities of babysitting.
“We’re empowering them, giving them the tools that they need in order to keep themselves safe, and in this particular situation, how to keep the kids that they’re babysitting safe,” said Mary Browning,
Community Education Specialist at the Naperville Police Department.
Attendees also learned safe ways to obtain a babysitting job, what information they need before the parents leave, and why they should never answer the door or phone if they don’t know who it is.
“I learned not to answer the door, I knew that before, but I didn’t know how bad it could be if you possibly did,” said Abbey Meyer, a 12-year-old Naperville resident.
Kids also learned that the babysitting job isn’t over until they have been escorted home. There will be additional babysitter safety courses offered later this fall.
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