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Information from Home Alone article at about.com/health: More safety tips to use when child begins to stay home alone. (1) Let a trusted neighbor know that your children will be at home unattended so they can help keep an eye out for any signs of trouble. Check to see if it is okay for your children to stay at their home temporarily if anything goes wrong. (2) Let children know that sometimes it is okay to misbehave if it is for their protection and safety, such as screaming, yelling, or being rude to an adult if they feel threatened.