Home Security Tips for Your Children
Home Security Tips for Your Children
When we install our home security systems into the home, the purpose is to keep our family and property safe. The extreme times that they are put into use may seem rare, but that is due to it being such a good deterrent. However, have you thought about the times that it may be necessary for this security system to be used by one of your children? All families are different and all children learn at an individual level. So, the following suggestions are only for consideration by you to use when you know your child is ready. Along with the increase of home security systems, there has been an increase in false alarms. Some cities are trying to decrease these events by imposing fines. This is all the more reason to teach the family how to properly use the home security.
Familiarize the System
If children are younger, begin with just getting them used to the system. When you prepare to leave the house or when you come back home, let the children see you arm and disarm the security system. Make it a good, normal habit that they see as a tool and not a toy. As they get older, let them handle the process of arming and disarming with you overseeing them. From there, it is up to your discretion when you feel they are ready to stay alone.
Reassure children left alone that in addition to the home security system, you are only a phone call away. Let them know that you are also monitoring the activity around the home and not to worry. Along with these items, a few rules are also necessary to go over. For example, not sharing any home passwords or keys. Also, rules about not turning off cameras or other alarm sensors are important. Sitting down together and coming up with a list of To-Do and Do-Not helps with a good understanding of why there are rules being made.
Respecting Home Privacy
As they get older, some of the teenage years may balk at the thought of you watching them in the home. Once again, a unified discussion usually puts their mind at ease. Cameras are only for common areas mainly focused on access points, such as doors and windows. You might even come to an agreement about when indoor cameras are allowed to get turned off. The emphasis should be on ultimately it is your decision, not theirs. In regards to privacy, if they have access to the camera’s video feed, it is something that stays within the family and not to share with friends or other outsiders.
Home security systems are very useful when it comes to helping out with a special needs child. With cameras and sensors throughout the home, you can lessen the worry about a child unlocking a door and walking out while you are busy in another room. These cases are sometimes the exception to the rule of not having a camera in a bedroom. This would be a situation where a Nanny Cam comes in handy. In a situation where you have a sensory-sensitive child, a loud accidental alarm becomes a cause for panic. However, with smart home technology, you can program your home alerts to flashing lights instead. There are many options that could be used here.
Make Home Security a Family Habit
Whatever the situation in the home in regards to children, make home security a normal habit. As they grow, there will be no questions since it is a part of their life. If a home security system is a new feature for your family, integrate it right in. Make it a subject of new and better things rather than a fearful aspect. At Allied Home Security, we take your family’s situation into account and listen to exactly what you want to accomplish. Give us a call today and we will find your perfect fit when it comes to securing your home and family’s safety!