11 Oct How to explain home security to your children
As your children get a bit older, there comes a point in your life as a parent when you’re no longer around them 24/7. Your watchful eye either needs to go back to work or they go off to school and might occasionally come home to an empty house. So, to keep them safe, you’ll need to teach them how to operate your home security system. As with most lessons or skills, it’s a good idea to start teaching them when they’re young. Though, parents are sometimes reluctant to have discussions about safety and home security for fear of scaring the kids. However, it’s possible to teach effective home security skills without creating unnecessary fear for your kids. Here’s a look at some effective ways to inform your children on safety issues while simultaneously instilling good security habits that will stick with them for a lifetime.
- Young Children: Toddlers and younger adolescent children can be taught a wide range of safety information that they’ll be able to remember to recite at the drop of a hat if presented the right way. These “Big 3” teaching points should be top priority:
- Learning how to lock deadbolt locks
- Only answer the door or phone with an adult present
- The quickest path out of your home in the event of an emergency
Nearly every event in a young child’s life is a learning experience for them and a teaching experience for parents. At this age, children respond to repetition and reinforcement of these and other common sense approaches to safety and security. Take the time and make the effort to instruct for optimal results.
- Older Children: “Tweens,” as this age group is sometimes called, are more socially active today than their parents were at their age. Unfortunately, their lack of real-world experience has them at a severe disadvantage compared to those people who mean to exploit their naïveté. In addition to the information above, which should never be ignored just because a child is older, children at this age should be thoroughly instructed on issues including:
- How to arm and disarm the home security system
- Learning how to solve problems around the house, like a small kitchen fire or overflowing toilet
- Not advertising online when anyone is home alone or when parents are out for the evening
Children of this age need to be lovingly taught how to be safe online and in their homes. This age group’s willingness to publicly divulge private family information, paired with their lack of understanding of the potential downside of letting strangers know these things, can lead to home burglaries or other problematic scenarios you can do your part to help avoid.
- Teenagers: In addition to all of the above information, you can add some home safety responsibility to the lives of your teenagers. Teens can be responsible for arming and disarming home security systems, including using smartphone and tablet apps. Teens can also be helpful with teaching, instructing, and encouraging the younger children in your home to be as safe as they can, and to think of security issues as often as possible. You can also have them be present when a new system is installed, so they learn about potential security weaknesses, like ground-level windows, unsecured garage doors, and dark areas that need motion sensor lights on your property.
No matter what age category your children fall into, they can play an active role in keeping your home secure. If you need assistance in purchasing, installing, inspecting, or perfecting the security needs for your home or office, call the Horizon Alarms team at 800-467-1832 or send us a message and we’ll reach out to discuss all of your alarm needs.