Tips for New Teen Babysitters: Part I

We are excited to welcome a new group of enthusiastic future babysitters to the library this Saturday for another intensive 4-H babysitting training in partnership with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. The Friends of the Falmouth Public Library support the wonderful program that allows teens to learn babysitting skills in a fun & safe environment. Teens will learn about child safety, first aid & emergencies, feeding & nutrition, discipline, stages of development, entertainment, and the business of babysitting.

For our new babysitters who are starting to look for more experience & employment, we compiled a few helpful tips to help start them off. Here’s Part I of our short blog series for new teen babysitters. Look for Part II on our blog next week.

Gather References

Think of someone (who is not a family member or friend) who knows you outside of your home, be it a school counselor, teacher, mentor, or an adult you know from an extracurricular activity. This should be someone who knows you well or has seen you practicing being responsible, reliable, or trustworthy. Put yourself in the shoes of a parent or caregiver who might be hiring you for a babysitting job. What would they be looking for? Write down a few traits & skills that come to mind, and then think of someone in your life that can vouch for those traits & skills.

If you don’t feel like you have anyone in your life that can vouch for you, don’t worry. References are important, but you can also share your school report card or find some other evidence of your strengths. Whoever interviews you for your new job just wants to get to know you. Think of a way that shows them who you are. This might be a test of your creativity, but if you don’t have at least one reference, you will need to think creatively.

Google Yourself

It’s always a good idea to google yourself about every other month to see what information is out there pertaining to you. As you’re beginning to look for a job, this is a good time to think about your public image. Is there anything floating around on internetland that you’d rather not be public? Try these google searches to see if you find anything too revealing:

your name _____ AND the town you live in _______

your name ______ AND the name of your school _________

your name ______ AND the town where your school is located _______

your name _______AND “Facebook” (if you use Facebook)

your name _______AND the name of another social media tool you use (ie Instagram, etc)

*In the case that you do find something that a) you’d rather it be private or b) wouldn’t be good news to your future employer, you can delete it (whether it’s a social media post or picture) or hide it by logging into your social media account and adjusting the privacy settings. Remember, it’s always a good idea to think before you act, especially online where your privacy is at greater risk of being threatened.

Have questions? Kasia is happy to help answer them! Feel free to email her at falteens at gmail dot com or contact the library by phone (508-457-2555) or text (text “askfpl” to 66746). 

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