Home Alone
Staying Safe

Is there a legal minimum age requirement for leaving your child home alone?
The minimum age varies from state to state. Massachusetts does not have a specific legal minimum age for leaving a child home alone. Instead, parents are urged to use their discretion in determining their child’s ability to stay home alone.


How old should my child be to take Home Alone Staying Safe?
Typically, children take “Home Alone Staying Safe” class between the ages of nine and twelve years old.  However, age is not the only determining factor; your child’s maturity plays a major role in his or her readiness to take this class.

How long is the class?
The class is three hours, conducted in either one 3-hour session or two 1.5-hour sessions, depending upon the location.

What if my child is anxious by nature?
If your child is anxious, evaluate his or her comfort level with regard to staying home alone. Taking the class could serve to ease some fears, but if your child is on the younger end of the spectrum and/or does not seem to be emotionally prepared, it might be best to sign up for the class at a later date.

How much does the class cost?
The cost of the program varies by site. These can be found on our website calendar, which is frequently updated.

Where do the classes take place?
You can check our website calendar to find a convenient class location and time.

Can I get a refund if I learn my child is unable to attend a scheduled class?
We are unable to offer a refund if your child is unable to attend the class for which they registered. We will happily place your child in the next convenient class.

If my child has a disability (Aspergers, ADHD, etc), would it be OK if I stayed with him through the class?
If you think your child may have problems during class or may need some reassurance, we recommend and encourage you to stay with your child throughout the class.

Babysitter Safety


How old does a child have to be to babysit?
Massachusetts, like most other states, does not have a legal minimum age for babysitting. Age is not the only determining factor for a child's readiness to babysit. Maturity, knowledge of child care, positive attitude and confidence handling emergencies are characteristics needed for responsible babysitting. Taking a Babysitter Safety Training will help develop these attributes.

What is the age requirement for the babysitting course?
The majority of the class participants are between the ages of twelve and sixteen.  If your child is on the younger end of the range, it is recommended that after taking the class they begin their babysitting experience as a Parent’s Helper.

Where do the classes take place?
You can check our website calendar to find a convenient class location and time.

How long is the program?
Most classes are between four and six hours in length, with the number of sessions tailored to the requests of the hosting facility.

How much does the program cost?
The cost of the program varies by site. Listings can be found on our website calendar, which is frequently updated.

Is a certificate given upon class completion?
The class participants receive a certificate at the end of class showing they received babysitter safety training.

What is the hourly rate of pay I can expect for babysitting?
Hourly rates differ from town to town, number of children left in care and babysitting experience.  Reasonable fees or “the going rate” of your neighborhood or the local towns are discussed in class.

Would South Shore Safety offer the Babysitter Safety Training for my child’s Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop?

Yes. Please e-mail Bette at South Shore Safety to inquire about offering the Babysitter Safety Training for your daughter’s Girl Scout /or son's Boy Scout troop. All South Shore Safety Programs are available to community groups and clubs.

Does this course include CPR certification?
While first aid for infant and child choking is covered, the course does not include CPR certification. For a comprehensive source for CPR certification courses, please explore the website of Health Ed of New England.



Circles Of Safety
Self Defense Training

Where are “Circles of Safety” trainings offered?
Typically they are offered at elementary, middle, high schools, local recreations centers, libraries and neighborhoods on the South Shore of Massachusetts.  Please go to the website calendar for upcoming dates and locations.


Can I organize “Circles of Safety” Training at my child’s school or for a group of friends?
Yes, please e-mail Denise at South Shore Safety to inquire about offering a program for your neighborhood, book club or child’s after-school program.  One local independent school on the South Shore offers “Circles of Safety” training as an elective during project week for all seventh graders.

How much does the “Circles of Safety” training cost?
The cost of the program varies by site. Listings can be found on our website calendar, which is frequently updated.  Customized programs depend upon the location, travel time, number of sessions and participants.

How long is the training?
“Circles of Safety” Self Defense trainings are usually tailored to the needs of the group. Some clients request a two hour introduction class and others want a 6-hour program or longer. Advanced classes are also available to students who want to continue their self defense training.

Can I get private self defense training for my child who is getting bullied? Yes, private self defense lessons are a popular option that helps build confidence and the ability to handle unwanted encounters safely and assertively.

Do you have gift certificates for self defense training?
Yes we have certificates for private or group self defense training.  “Circles of Safety” certificates make a perfect high school graduation gift for students heading off to college. Often friends form a group of eight to ten for a valuable, fun learning experience.

We have a Level 3 sex offender in our neighborhood. Parents are anxious for the safety of their children. Is it a good idea to organize one training for all the kids even though they vary in age? Yes, “Circles of Safety” is a good idea in neighborhoods with serious issues such as this. Classes are tailored to your specific needs.


Tobacco Treatment Options

How do I find a South Shore Safety smoking cessation group program that fits my schedule?
You can go to our website calendar to find a convenient class location and time. If you have any questions, please email Bette from the About Us page.

Does health insurance cover the cost of the program?
Many health plans offer smoking cessation benefits and some also cover the cost of stop smoking medications. Ask your employer or call your benefits manager for information on your plan. Cigarettes are expensive. It will not take long to recoup your costs if you need to pay out of pocket.  The cost of continued smoking far exceeds the cost of the class.


Do you offer the South Shore Safety smoking cessation program to schools or worksites?
Yes. South Shore Safety provides on-site classes scheduled to fit your business or school hours. Please e-mail Bette at South Shore Safety to inquire about offering a program for your school or worksite.

I’ve tried to quit smoking too many times to count. Am I just a hopeless case?
Like you, most smokers have made several attempts to quit before reaching their smoke-free status. Every quit attempt is a learning experience that brings you closer to your goal. Millions of people have succeeded at quitting smoking and with support and a quit plan you can be one of them!

Is chewing tobacco safer than smoking cigarettes?
Smokeless tobacco, (known as Snuff, Chewing Tobacco, Dip or Spit) is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. Though it's not associated with the same illnesses related to smoking, such as lung cancer or emphysema, it can cause lip, cheek, tongue and other cancers of the mouth. Spit tobacco delivers a higher dose of nicotine than cigarettes, making it very addictive and just as difficult to quit.

Is it true that only certain people can be hypnotized to stop smoking?
Hypnosis is self-induced, so anyone who is able to concentrate and follow instructions can be hypnotized. The hypnotist facilitates this process. If a person has serious cognitive deficits, they may not be able to concentrate or focus on the thoughts or images presented and hypnosis would not be helpful.

Do you lose consciousness when under hypnosis?
No loss of consciousness is experienced when in a trance. A hypnotic trance is similar to being lost in a day dream. You are always in control and will only do what is moral and ethical. You will not do anything under hypnosis that you would not do in a waking state.