Back to School Locks With the Live Secure Safety Squad

I’m a member of Master Lock’s Live Secure Safety Squad and have been compensated for my time in writing this post.

I know, I know, it’s only July 6th, and here I am with a Back to School blog post!  But it’s coming sooner than you think, with many kids just having 6 1/2 weeks or so left of summer before the routine starts up again.  Mark my words if you haven’t seen the school supplies in stores yet, wait a week or two and the aisles will be full of backpacks and pencils.


With our daughter heading into her Sophomore year of college we’re looking at a different type of Back to School grind, but it’s already in the fore front of our minds as we look for furniture for her new apartment and talk about securing the items that are important to her from theft in her new environment.

Keeping Supplies Safe at School

At every stage back to school stage there are some worries that set in.  Such as the very first day of a new grade or school and, sending children off to high school or college.

School supplies are expensive (especially those electronic ones!), and we want to make sure that they stay secure when our children aren’t using them.

Master Lock has a plethora of reliable, easy-to-use products that will help families with security when it comes to Back to School locks.

Speed Dial™ Directional Set Your Own Combination PadlockSpeed Dial™ Set Your Own Combination Directional Padlock – The Master Lock No. 1500iD Speed Dial™ Directional Set Your Own Combination Padlock features a 2-1/8in (54mm) wide metal body for durability. The 1/4in (6mm) diameter shackle is 1in (25mm) long and made of hardened steel, offering extra resistance to cutting and sawing. The patented up/down/left/right directional movement technology is faster, easier and more secure than a standard combination lock. The locking mechanism features anti-shim technology, offering maximum security. The Limited Lifetime Warranty provides peace of mind from a brand you can trust.

Set Your Own Combination Backpack Lock – The Master Lock No. 1547DCM Set Your Own CombinationSet Your Own Combination Backpack Lock Padlock features a 3-5/16in (84mm) wide metal body for durability. The 3/16in (5mm) diameter shackle is 1-3/16in (30mm) long and made of metal, offering resistance to cutting and sawing. The 3-digit set your own combination offers keyless convenience. The Limited Lifetime Warranty provides peace of mind from a brand you can trust.

Set Your Own WORD Combination Computer Lock with Self-Coiling Cable – The Master Lock No. 1547DCM Set Your Own Combination Padlock features a 3-5/16in (84mm) wide metal body for durability. The 3/16in (5mm) diameter shackle is 1-3/16in (30mm) long and made of metal, offering resistance to cutting and sawing. The 3-digit set your own combination offers keyless convenience. The Limited Lifetime Warranty provides peace of mind from a brand you can trust.

Set Your Own WORD Combination Computer Lock with Self-Coiling Cable


157 thoughts on “Back to School Locks With the Live Secure Safety Squad

  1. To prevent injury, backpacks need to have wide straps, padding in the back and shoulders, and should not weigh more than 10 to 15 percent of a child’s body weight! Too heavy of a backpack cause neck and shoulder pain!

  2. Make sure kids stay out of the street and avoid excessive horseplay while waiting for the school bus.

  3. My tip is I make sure my kid’s items are labeled with their names on the interior of their items, so people cannot call out their names who don’t know them.

  4. The only problem my son has experienced, for which we had to be careful about, is theft of his reading books. I buy him books online, so he doesn’t have to do the wait list, and he had one kid that would take them, from his desk and backpack. So, he started putting a lock on his backpack.

  5. A safety tip is to try to stay in groups if your stay early or late after school and always let an adult know where you’ll be. Have a cell phone handy. I know it’s not cool but that o.k Better to be safe.

  6. Definitely don’t share your locker combination with others. It can get you in trouble.

  7. Keeping your locker unlocked might be easier between periods to get to your things, but it makes your stuff a target to steal! Lock up!

  8. My son is only in elementary school, so the only real safety concern I have is being safe on his walk home from the bus stop (not talking to strangers, watching for cars)

  9. I homeschool so the only safety tip I have is to not get on each others nerves too much. Lol!

  10. My daughter is starting college this year, so I’m trying to stress not oversharing information and always be aware of her surroundings.

    1. That’s how I felt last year when our daughter went off for her freshman year 🙂 The SpaceSafe and Laptop lock from Master Lock are great for college students. Don’t worry Mama you’ll get through it (I think it’s harder on us than on them 🙂 ).

  11. Everything is labeled and we go over what to do if no one is home when you get off the bus.

  12. Teach your kids not to loan anything out, no matter who it is. My niece learned this last year when she loaned her “best friend” some personal items, including her Tablet, the outcome was not good.

  13. I have tried to teach our kids and my husband to be more aware of where their things are. If they come into a room with three items, I tell them to make a mental note so they know to collect three items on the way out. Honestly, that’s what I have always done, and I rarely lose or forget things.

  14. I tell them do not give there combinations out to anyone and write their names on everything

  15. My safety tip for school is to never wander away esp when on the playground. Stay in a group.

  16. My safety tip is to remind your child never to leave school with someone they don’t know, even if that person says they are there to pick them up. I like the idea of having a codeword your child knows that you can give family members in case of pick-up emergencies.

  17. Having passwords on electronics is a good idea and making sure your children know not to leave without anyone permission from their parents.

  18. I tell my boys always keep phone charged, location services on and be cautious around strangers, trust their gut feelings.

  19. I ask my children not to leave their phone anywhere….always have it in their pocket/purse

  20. My safety tips include never walking alone and always carry their cell phones with them.

  21. I’m a 6th grade teacher, and so many students have trouble with their locks – because they tell friends the combination! My back to school tip is to remind your child not to tell anyone their combination. The teacher will have it and can access the locker if needed.

  22. As a former teacher I think it is very important that children know their bus number and people they are allowed to leave with. To parents get to know your teacher, assistants, principal, bus driver, etc.

  23. I ask that they do not give out their home address until we have met them. Get to know them better and then it’s ok.

  24. My advice is always to use the “buddy” system. Even when in the hall and walking to and from school, always have someone with you, its just safer!

  25. never personalize a backpack or lunch box of a little one on the outside; strangers can pick up on this and use it to reach out to the child and make them think they know them! i learned that on america’s most wanted and thought it was a very useful tip!

  26. I don’t have kids, but from when I was in school, I’d say always keep your locker closed/locked 🙂 especially if you have important items in it. I used to always keep my violin in my locker in middle school.

  27. Always tell the kids to be responsible with their items-don’t leave them unattended, do leave them in the backpack unattended. I encourage them to just leave their valuable stuff home and not bring it to school.

  28. Try to avoid posting pics of your children outside of their school with the name in the background. That’s just direct advertising of where your child is all day.

  29. You need to teach kids to keep themselves and their personal belongings safe at all times.

  30. My best tip I use with my daughter is who will be picking her up after school that day. Also I tell her to never give out her address to anyone.

  31. Don’t bring anything that is important to you to school if you don’t want anything to happen to it!

  32. I tell my granddaughter to always keep her locker locked, and to leave her electronics at home.

  33. Are sure to label everything with your name, and if possible use engraving tools for things such as electronics

  34. One that comes to mind is trying to avoid back and posture problems because of an over loaded back pack. My son is in high school and the amount of books is crazy. I tell him to use and lock up his locker between classes.

  35. The should always pay attention to who and what is around them and if they see anything that doesn’t seem right to tell an adult.

  36. My tip is to keep laptops secure with a laptop lock. This is especially useful in college, and it makes it harder to steal.

  37. ALWAYS keep aware of your surroundings and if she gets scared or lost just find an adult like a teacher

  38. Never talk to strangers and if you see something suspicions report it to an adult.

  39. Don’t bring anything expensive or priceless to school! There is no need for children to have smartphones with them at school. If they absolutely must have a cell phone, get them a cheap flip phone that only calls/texts for emergencies.

  40. My youngest has a password. If someone picks him up – even if he knows them – they have to know the password.

  41. Our rule is “don’t take anything to school that you can’t live without.” Expensive jewelry or electronics need to stay away from locker rooms in the first place!

  42. I tell them to let a teacher or counselor know if someone says or does something inappropriate to them at school and not to share lockers with their friends.

  43. Keep your passwords and locker codes to yourself. Don’t share anything with your friends.

  44. Kids like to show off their gadgets, but don’t let anyone else know your locker combination.

  45. I’ll tell my son a lot of the same safety tips my mom told me , like to trust my instincts and pay attention to funny feelings of fear, and to always be aware of his surroundings. And now there’s all new concerns because of how much time our kids spend online. They must keep their passwords safe, never ever give out personal information online, really think twice about posting photos online, and just generally use wise judgement online.

  46. I tell my kids to beware of strangers or anyone that tries to talk to them and shouldn’t be.

  47. Sometimes just labeling everything is enough for someone not to be tempted to steal.

  48. Our child’s school doesn’t allow locks on lockers so my safety tip is to not bring any valuables to school!

  49. My kids walk to school so my security tips for them is 1.) No horseplaying on the way, we don’t want anyone getting pushed/fall into the street because y’all are not paying attention and 2.) DO NOT talk to strangers, just because they may seem nice.

  50. I put my cell number in my kids backpack along with their bus number just in case they get frazzled and forget it one day.

  51. I make sure that my child’s belongings are clearly labelled, somewhat unique, and that only the necessities come to school.

  52. My safety tip is to keep any of your valuables on your self, if you can’t then leave it at home.

  53. Since my son had his iPod stolen, we have a no taking expensive things except the cellphone since I need to be in constant contact with my teens.

  54. Don’t take anything valuable to school, but if you do, put your name on it & lock it up if you can! As a mom of four, I know kids trust others, but sadly, you have to keep your things close and locked!

  55. The biggest things we do to prepare their safety is label their backpack with teacher’s name and my phone number. I don’t like putting our address on it and I’m more worried about them getting lost but we do review “stranger vs community helper” safety.

  56. Don’t get personalized backpacks or gear. A stranger could use the name to trick your child into believing they knew them.

  57. Put name tags on anything of value, especially for smaller children who can be more careless with their possessions.

  58. We went today and did a room search and set up a meeting spot for each day! And never leave any thing unattended!

  59. My safety tip is to never share there lock combinations, even with their best friends because you just never know.

  60. Make sure they memorize their phone number and address and never go with a stranger who does not have the password we’ve agreed on.

  61. My daughter is commuting to college, so she’s got to keep her stuff safe in a locker. I think just being sure you keep things password protected and locked up helps.

  62. I always tell me son to take off his headphones when he walking home so he will be aware of what is happening around him at all times.

  63. We label backpacks and I remind them to always keep an eye on their belongings if it isn’t locked in their locker.

  64. Data hand carried between devices is one of the leading methodologies of having an otherwise clean machine become infected — the truth is, your machine may be very secure, but your neighbor’s, school’s or friend’s machines might not be kept as secure as your own. This is important with kids using all the hand held devices they use now when going back to school.

  65. Keep a strap of your backpack looped around your foot when you’re just sitting at lunch (or elsewhere), so you can feel if someone’s messing with it or trying to take it.

  66. I never let my kids bring electronics to school and I told them to never leave their items unattended.

  67. Always write your younger childs first and last name on everything so if its lost it can be returned.

  68. Label everything and check the lost and found regularly. No matter what, kids lose stuff. 🙂

  69. Always keep your things locked up, and in a safe place. Put your combos in safe place on your phone.

  70. Since my daughter lets herself into the house after school, I make her text me the minute she gets home and lock the door behind her.

  71. I told my daughters to always make sure their locker is locked. Some kids tend to leave their lockers unlocked, and books and lunches get stolen.
    Thank you!

  72. We have a code word for when someone else is picking up the kids – in case they don’t know the person or aren’t sure. They’re supposed to ask for the code word so they know it is OK

  73. I always tell my daughter to have a second lock as backup in case she loses hers.

  74. I tell my children to always stay with a friend and to always lock their locker and never tell anyone their combination.

  75. I tell my daughters to always stay with the teacher whenever they go outside of their classroom. They are in elementary school so I know how easily my kids get distracted. As long as they are with their teacher, they will stay on task.

  76. Always let an adult know where you will be and who you will be with. Even if it’s just to visit a neighbor or ride bike down the block.

  77. I go over our phone numbers so my kids know our cell and home numbers and address. Sometimes we change numbers during the year and don’t have the kids memorize the new number, back to school is the good time to make sure that the kids know all your numbers

  78. I told my niece who is starting jr high to never keep money or valuables in her locker. Thank you for the chance 🙂

  79. I make sure my kids know all of my info by memory and that no one besides me and dad are allowed to pick them up.

  80. I always stress to my daughter to be mindful of her surroundings and not talk to strangers ever….

  81. I always stress to my daughter to be mindful of her surroundings and not talk to strangers ever….

  82. I have always told my kids to not tell anyone their locker combination, & if they are walking home, to NEVER walk alone, ALWAYS in a group of kids!

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