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Home Alone? How to Keep Your Kids Safe

Kids are back in school this month leaving many parents scrambling to meet new after school activity schedule demands. Parents with multiple children are finding this an increasing challenge. How can Sarah get to soccer practice while Junior finishes his science project at home? Scenarios like this leave parents asking themselves, "Is Junior old enough now to stay home alone?"

This used to be a working parents issue, but with children now enrolled in multiple after school activities, it's becoming common for all families. The good news is that modern technology is keeping up with our family needs and doing more for us now to keep our kids safe than ever before.

With this being a prevalent concern for most modern families, we decided to make this blog topic a two part series, offering current technology solutions for parents. Here are five solutions to problems parents face when their kids are home alone:

Mobile phone shows video of kids arriving in Lake Arrowhead home.

  1. Stay close when you're far away.
  2. Parents who monitor their security systems through their smartphones feel closer to their kids when they can't be there. They know when their kids arrive home safely because their phone alerts them when their child disarms the alarm system. If they have a camera system, they can also see video of their children, an extra visual that is especially reassuring. If you still need to add this feature to your security system, simply call us to inquire about our Mobile Access upgrade.

  3. Help kids when they forget their key.
  4. Even the most responsible kid will have that bad day when he loses his house key. For these moments, parents should have a back-up plan in place. Leaving an extra house key under the mat is risky, so many parents ask a neighbor to hold on to an extra key. An even better solution would be to get automated locks. Did Junior text that he can't get in the house? You can unlock the door for him from your smartphone within seconds, all while still cheering Scotty at football practice.

    Lake Arrowhead boy does homework at home.

  5. Make sure he's doing his homework.
  6. One of the challenges of not being there is that it's hard to make sure your kid is getting his homework done. Many parents have found that a high tech solution to this problem is to set up an indoor IP camera and direct it at the family homework station. These cameras connect to an app in your smartphone so you can check on your child to make he's at the homework station or dining table, getting down to business. Ask us for a camera that ties in with your current security system and we can add it to your existing smartphone app.

  7. Make strangers believe you're home
  8. Don't open the door to strangers. Don't tell someone who knocks on the door that your parents aren't home. These are the usually the first two instructions we give our kids when they start staying home alone. Now you can take complete control over the front door situation by installing a doorbell camera. A stranger is knocking on the door while your kid is home alone? Using the Smart Alert Doorbell Camera, you can talk with the unexpected visitor in real time and give the illusion that you're home. Your child doesn't need to answer the door at all.

    Prescription drugs in cabinet at Lake Arrowhead home.

  9. What are your kids getting into when you're not there?
  10. Do you remember what you did when your parents first left you home alone? For many kids, it becomes a scavenger hunt to explore and discover all of the mysterious nooks and crannies of your home. Sometimes this is harmless, like when they're searching for hidden Christmas presents. Other times it's downright dangerous. For instance, if they're looking through prescription drugs in the medicine cabinet or finding the hidden key to your gun safe. You can secure these areas in your home with alarm sensors that will alert you immediately of a child trespasser. You can even put sensors on your Christmas present closet!

    Keeping kids safe is always the first and most important thing on a parent's mind. It's good to know that in 2016, we have more resources than ever to help us with this task. Keep an eye out for next month's blog which offers five additional ways your security system can keep your child safe and make it easier for everyone when they need to stay home alone.

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