Security tips for your children serve the top reason many homeowners install a security system: To protect their children. When youngsters are present, extra precautions ensure safety.
We offer a variety of tools designed to keep your family and home safe from intruders. In addition to security equipment, education is also an important factor in the safety of children. Here are a few things all parents should know about home security for their children.
Learning about 911 calls
Calling for help
Ensuring that your kids know about calling 911 is the first step to ensuring their safety. Be sure there's a phone in the house they can reach and operate. Go over specific scenarios when they would need to call 911.
It's also important to go over the conversation they're likely to have with the operator. This includes helping them memorize their address and phone number and be able to describe the situation at your home. This education can start when your child begins talking. Ideally, they'll never need to use it, but this knowledge will be extremely helpful.
Strangers and danger
Helping kids navigate
Most parents are quick to educate their children about the dangers that a stranger can pose. Too often, a stranger is not specifically defined, which leaves the potential for dangerous situations. Think about when and where your child may encounter a stranger and go over those scenarios in detail.
For example, if your child may answer the door while you're busy elsewhere in the home, be sure they understand that the person at the door is a stranger and it's best not to answer at all. Proper phone education is also important because you don't want your child to answer the phone and give out information to whoever is on the other end of the line.
Silent and effective
Switching from education to equipment here, an effective surveillance system can be a parent's best security tool. While most of us think about surveillance systems as being for recording a criminal in and around your home, they can also be extremely beneficial for keeping an eye on your children.
For young kids, you can monitor them as they sleep, or keep an eye on them in their playroom. When they're old enough to stay home alone, you can check in on them remotely on your smartphone by integrating your cameras into your security system.
Home automation can help
Security tips for your children are vital
Speaking of using your smartphone with your security system, home automation is another great way to give your children some freedom without sacrificing security.
Especially when your kids are a little older, home automation allows you to lock or unlock doors from virtually anywhere so kids are never locked out and never leave your house unlocked when they leave. You can also control lighting, the thermostat and even arm or deactivate the alarm.
Encouraging family communication
Bonding while learning
Perhaps the best tool for home security for your family, however, is open communication. It starts with describing the dangers your kids are likely to encounter and educating them on how to avoid them. Then, it continues by convincing your children to talk about bad situations they've been in or bad choices they've made.
Most kids will want to avoid these types of talks, so it's important for parents to help them understand that the conversation is about safety and not about punishment. Effective communication also ensures that you know where your kids are and when they're expected to be home. This helps you know faster when something is wrong.
If you'd like to learn more about security tips for your children, come by and talk to us at Holder's.
If you'd like to learn more about effectively securing your home give us a call at 1-918-663-8660. We have decades of experience with Tulsa area families and offer the latest in security tech to make the security at your home easy and effective.
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