03 Apr Ease Growing Pains with Smart Home Security
Being able to stay home alone is every kid’s dream. It’s a huge milestone, marking their entrance into more responsibility and independence. It’s one of the first times they can begin to stretch their wings and be free of their parents, at least for a little while. And while it’s an exciting step for kids to earn the trust to stay home alone, it doesn’t come without some extra worries for parents.
These worries can easily be taken care of with the addition of smart security features to your home. Smart home security allows you to know your children are safe, that older siblings are looking out for younger ones, and that your adolescents are making responsible choices. Even better, these security solutions make this happen discreetly and without disrupting the trust between you and your children.
School’s Out, Security’s In
The first time most children are able to be home alone is right after school, until you get home. Kids are responsible for getting themselves off the bus and into the house, classically meaning they’ll need a key of their own and to remember to call you once they arrive. Smart home security features make this daily event quicker and easier.
By installing smart keypads on exterior doors, your child doesn’t need to carry a key and risk losing it. That means they retain the responsibility of remembering their own four-digit PIN code, while you don’t risk the hassle of a locksmith visit. Also, if you already have a smart alarm system installed, the keypad can be set to disarm it once the code is entered, preventing your loved ones from accidentally triggering it.
Having a smart keypad also means when a child inputs their code, you’ll get an instant notification on your phone telling you they made it home safely. A few key benefits come of this system: you’ll know your kids are safe, they’ll get extra freedom by not having to call you, and your work doesn’t have to be interrupted by another phone call.
A System That Grows With You
As your children grow and become more responsible, you can reflect your trust in them by setting their codes to only send phone alerts if they come home late or past a certain time. You’ll be in the know enough to call in case something’s wrong, while your teenager will really appreciate your respect for their privacy. This smart feature is perfect for both parents and kids as they navigate the teenage years because it provides a safety net and trust without resorting to spying or intruding.
A Smarter Doorbell
Other smart home security features can help accomplish this balance as well. With a smart doorbell, you’ll be able to keep an eye on who is at your house, especially if your kids are home. If a stranger rings the doorbell, you can either answer the door for them using your phone and the doorbell’s camera and speaker, or you can trust your kids to know what to do while keeping an eye on a situation, ready to intervene if necessary. On a lighter note, you can also make sure your kids’ friends aren’t coming over when they’re supposed to be doing homework or are grounded. A smart doorbell is another great solution for parents to instill trust and confidence in their children without being overbearing.
Trusting Teens: Finding the Balance
So far we’ve discussed kids being home alone right after school, but of course this isn’t the only instance you won’t be around to supervise them – especially when they’re teenagers. For example, it’s Friday night, your kids have some friends over to hang out and you’ve got a long overdue date night reservation downtown. You trust your teens enough to leave them home by themselves, but you’d also like to have a safety net in case of a slip up.
By placing contact sensors on exterior doors and certain cabinets or fridges containing adult-only beverages, you can immediately be alerted to any new guests or unruly activities. These sensors, as well as the other smart home security features we’ve mentioned, allow you to check in on your teens via the ASI Connect app rather than calling every hour. Your teens will have freedom to do as they please (within reason) and you’ll have the peace of mind that they are safe and acting responsibly.
Backup for Babysitters
We should note that these features can also work for parents of younger children. You would only leave your children in the care of someone you trust, but it’s always nice to have a backup for babysitters. Watching your babysitter’s every move is insulting to them, not to mention whoever you’re going out with. Therefore, the unobtrusive safety net provided by these smart home security features gives you peace of mind in these instances as well.
Smart home security systems are the perfect way to keep you connected to your kids when they’re home without you. They can always call or text, but now they’ll have the bonus of knowing you’re keeping an eye on them and having somewhat of a presence even when you aren’t physically home.
Kids need their freedom and to be trusted with responsibility, it’s part of growing up. Smart home security helps preserve this freedom and trust, but with an added peace of mind to help ease some common growing pains.