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Take your babysitting responsibility seriously. Part of that responsibility is protecting yourself as well as the children you will be taking care of. Know your employer before you take the job. Check references if this will be the first time working for this person.
Before accepting the job, get specific instructions about the number and ages of children, bedtimes, foods and medication, and other information about personal habits and what is expected of you. When you accept a job, arrive early to confirm all of this information and get additional instructions.

When you are babysitting:
DO NOT allow strangers into the house, unless your employer tells you to let them in.
DO NOT tell a caller that you are the babysitter alone with the children. Take a message and tell them that the employer will return the call soon.
DO NOT go outside to investigate strange noises or activities. Turn on the outside ligths and call the police.
Be sure all doors and windows are locked.

Always obtain the following from your employer:
Name, address, and phone number of employer.
Directions to the job.
(Give both of these to your parents, in case they need to get in touch with you).
Be sure transportation is arranged for you to get to and from the job.
Get the location and phone number of where your employer can be reached, in case of an emergency.
Obtain an alternate person to contact for an emergency, in case you cannot reach your employer.
Walk through the house with your employer to ensure all doors and windows are locked.
Also, locate all safety equitment, such as fire extinguishers or first aid supplies.
Keep emergency phone numbers and note taking materials next to the telephone.
Make sure all outside lights are on.
Get any special instructions from your emplyoer before they leave.
If you do all of the above, your babysitting experenice should be a pleasure and earn you some spending money.