Five Safe and Smart Ways to Help Your Child Take Charge of Home Security

As parents, it is only natural that we try to take charge of nearly every aspect of our children’s lives – including home security. We try our best to keep them safe and sound, attempting to keep the guesswork out of things and control each and every aspect of their security at home. This means the installation of home security systems, investment in deadbolt locks and participation in neighborhood watch programs. We love these little creatures more than life itself and want only the best for them. And we know that the best can only be achieved if they are safe and well.

There are, however, ways to get children involved in home security. Not only does this improve their safety as a whole, but it also prepares them for later in life when they will be on their own. There is no need to do too much, too soon. However, it is not a bad idea to get them started in a few simple things.

How can you help to get your child ready in terms of security at home? Take a few cues here:

1. Make it Important

For many children, home security simple does not seem like a big issue. An attitude of “that will never happen to me” is easy to have, especially at a young and innocent age.

Therefore, talk to your kids about home security and stress why it is so important. You do not want to scare them too much, but a little fear is not a bad thing. Explain to them the risks and possibilities and make sure that they know that staying safe at home is a big issue.

2. Learn the Alarm

If you have spent time and money on a home alarm system, make sure that your children know how to use it. Otherwise, it could be essentially useless. Teach children about how the system works – when to set it, when to leave it off, what the code is, etc. You never know when a situation may arise in which they have to use it.

3. Encourage Good Habits

Encourage positive security habits in your children. Talk to them about locking the doors of your house behind them when they come and go and closing windows. Make sure that they know that there is no magic force that keeps them protected – they have to be involved in their safety too.

4. Make a Plan

Develop an emergency reaction plan with all of the members of your family. especially kids. Talk about what to do in the case of a break-in, fire, gas leak or other extreme situation.

5. Reinforce

All of the advice in the world can go right in one ear and out the other, especially with children. Reiterate the importance of being smart about home security, mentioning things like emergency plans, alarm codes and good habits day in and day out. You may feel like you’re nagging, but you are doing something positive.