Holiday equals headache / Who cares for the children when the parents are at work?

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Holidays or school holidays are not just a reason to celebrate for everyone. Several people – especially those who are single and working – present great challenges, both organizationally and financially, during holidays and even more during long vacations. You ask yourself: where should you take the child with you when it is free and you are going to work in person? Modern day care centers and primary schools offer emergency treatment at least once a week. Summer camp, football camp or a pony farm can be an option for teenagers, but only if sufficient funds are available. If you have to leave your school child alone for an hour, it would be a good idea to have a remotely monitored alarm system installed, such as that from the security provider Verisure ( In an emergency, qualified specialists from a 24-hour emergency center then verify the dangerous situation and take care of it directly to get appropriate help. The safety experts have summarized for you when children can be left alone and how you can best prepare for this.

When can children be left alone with a clear conscience?

In line with today’s child safety day, the Rating’s safety experts, who are there for their customers around the clock in all kinds of emergencies, try to clarify this complex issue. The more independent children are, the more this relieves the everyday life of working parents. Leaving them alone is a necessary and important step of development that must be reached sooner or later. But parents are often insecure at the right time. Rightly so, for the question of “parental care” can not be answered in general. The law also does not provide any clear regulation of the duty of supervision, as leaving the children alone depends on their individual development, state of health and the respective conditions.

Without legal requirements as to when and for how long children can be left alone, the question arises as to whether parents have breached their duty of care, usually when the child has “fallen into the well”, ie when something has happened. In general, children up to 3 years should never be left unattended. This is also recommended by the Federal Conference for Educational Counseling (BKE) ( If a parent stays nearby, appropriately developed children from the age of 4 can be left alone in a safe environment for a maximum of 10 to 30 minutes. School children from the age of 7 can stay home alone for up to two hours if their development and environment allow it. For children from the age of 12, it is assumed that independence has reached such a point that they can already stand alone for half a day. From the age of 14, children are considered young. Then parental responsibility still exists, but no longer a permanent duty of care. Depending on personality and development, young people can also stand alone overnight if the conditions are right.

Preparation is everything

If you must or want to leave your child alone at home, be aware of the following:

– Safety for the environment: Have possible sources of danger been eliminated? Are toxic or flammable materials and sharp objects inaccessible? Can the child open doors and windows in an emergency? Does the child have access to a telephone?

– It is important to talk to the child in advance about the planned absence and practice staying alone until the necessary trust has been built up from both sides.
– Agree on clear rules and also talk about extraordinary situations. Which rooms, units, activities are taboo? How should the child behave when the phone rings or someone rings the doorbell. This is where a video doorbell can come in handy so you can talk to visitors via cell phone and take control of the situation yourself.
– The time without a caregiver can cause great stress for children, as an important aspect of stability is lost, which in the worst case can have a traumatic effect. It is therefore essential that parents abide by appointments and return on time!
– Availability in an emergency: Children definitely need a contact person for difficult times. If you can not be reached on the phone yourself, name someone else. Make it easier for your child to use the phone by setting up speed dial buttons and practicing making calls. Download the Verisure app with the SOS button for your child’s mobile phone. Then, in an emergency, your child can contact the security experts at home or be accompanied by Verisure outside and be located if necessary.
– Despite good preparation, emergencies can occur. Discuss in advance what to do (without scaring the child) if, for example. goes on fire. In case of fire, it is important to drop everything and leave the apartment as soon as possible. The smoke detectors from Verisure not only say where the fire is, they inform the alarm center directly.
– Could just press an SOS button ( in case of danger, as is the case with the user-friendly, smart high-security alarm system from Verisure, provides children and parents with safety and can be extremely helpful in an emergency. Because then experienced security people will clarify the situation in a few seconds via audio and video and accompany your child through the situation from a distance until the danger is eliminated.
– Can children be left alone with siblings? It makes sense to leave young children alone with older siblings. But whether it makes sense depends on the maturity of the siblings and the relationship and respect between the children.
– Finally, what should really be a matter of course: Never lock children in and do not leave them alone overnight!

No more fear at the front door with smart access protection

Recently, the smart Verisure alarm system includes an intelligent door lock. This provides access to buildings, both private and commercial, even when you are not there. Residents, parents or business owners can remotely control the electronic lock using an app. And in a verified emergency, the Verisure emergency center provides access to police, fire or rescue services.

What does Verisure do?

Verisure ( is the leading European provider of professionally monitored high security alarm systems and certified remote monitoring around the clock ( With an average of 600,000 installations per year, Verisure ensures the safety of 4.4 million customers in 17 countries in Europe and Latin America. The company protects private households and small businesses with state-of-the-art security solutions, thus helping them to live a carefree life. Verisure is already known in many countries for its innovative products and services, high customer orientation and excellent sales performance. Verisure is also growing rapidly in Germany despite the global pandemic. Although the company has only been active here since the end of 2018, the security experts led by Alvaro Grande Royo-Villanova now have more than 350 employees and already protect more than 17,000 satisfied customers in Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse and Lower Saxony, NRW, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein.

Verisure, the company

Founded in 1988 as a division of the Swedish company Securitas AB, Verisure (or Securitas Direct) quickly became an independent supplier of low-cost home alarm systems. In 1993, live surveillance was added, ie 24-hour surveillance of employees from our own alarm centers and service centers. In 1996, the offer was expanded to smaller companies. Headquartered in Geneva, Verisure Group has been expanding in Europe, Latin America and South America since the 1990s. The global company, led by CEO Austin Lally, now handles around 600,000 installations a year, employs over 17,000 people and protects a total of over 4.4 million customers in 17 countries, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK , Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Germany.

What does verisure mean?

“Veri” comes from verifying. This means that the VdS-certified specialists in the internal 24-hour alarm and service center in Ratingen check incoming signals from the high-security alarm system to see if there is a false alarm or an emergency. In the latter case, the police, security service and rescue service are immediately called, and if necessary, the foggy ZeroVision (® private screen is triggered as an anti-theft device). “Sure” stands for the reliability, safety and all-round protection that Verisure provides.

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Verisure Deutschland GmbH, Balcke-Dürr-Allee 2, 40882 Ratingen

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