Everywhere you turn there are horror stories about children being hurt at home. I am not talking about accidents here, rather your child’s safety at home when it comes to intruders.
As parents it’s our job to ensure their safety from all potential threats, a job which none of us take lightly.
Even when they are online, kids need protection in the home because whether we like it or not the world is a very connected place and if your kids are chatting on the Internet they may attract unwanted attention without realising it.
Here are some things to think about:
Sometimes we underestimate how often our kids are online and we don’t know who they are talking to. Parental controls are available to help you guide your children towards age appropriate content.
It helps to encourage open conversations with your children about their interests and their favourite sites to get an idea of what they are looking at. Warn them about meeting with people they talk to online and the danger that they can be putting themselves into.
You also need to ensure that you have strong security measures in place for your home network – this includes all devices that you may have connected to the Internet i.e. door locks, security cameras. It is becoming more common for hackers to access these devices to plan home robberies.
Children’s safety in the house
Think about your kids when you decide on the security elements of your home because, whether you like it or not, you are not always there. Some things that you can take into account are:
- Window and door locks that kids can open if they need to exit in an emergency
- Security cameras with remote access so you can check on your children when they are home alone
- Consider a doorbell with a camera that allows them to see who is at the door before it is opened
- Have motion sensitive outdoor lights so if they arrive home late they are not left in the dark when they are unlocking the front door
- Keep the front garden clear, especially around windows, so there are no easy hiding places for would be intruders.
Have safety conversations
Talking to your kids about safety helps to prepare them. Explain to them about the safety features in the house and how they are to be used. If they understand the possible dangers, then they can be prepared in case of an emergency.
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