Home alone: Monitoring your kids after school


It’s never easy being a working parent and trying to juggle family life and work. With school going kids, worrying about children coming home on time safely is always on our mind. This often results in anxiety and stress that take a toll on your work and peace of mind. As a parent, obviously your children’s safety is your main concern.

Approximately 40% of children are left home alone for some time according to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Organization. No matter how mature and sensible you think your child is, you will always worry about them being alone. Children are prone to accidents and are gullible. Did you know that 10,630 home structures were damaged due to fires in 2007-2011? The National Fire Protection Association pointed out that 4% of house fires were typically started by children.

Leaving your kids home alone may be the only option you have, but that doesn’t mean you have no way to make sure they are safe and sound. Thanks to technology, you can keep a close eye on your home no matter where you are. There are also a number of other steps you can take to ensure your kids safety in your absence. Take a look:

Teach your Child about “Stranger Danger”

Talk to your child about strangers! It is crucially important you make your child aware of the dangers of letting in strangers. No matter how nice a person may be, a child should be careful around strangers. You can talk to your child about dangerous situations and how to handle them appropriately. For example, tell your child to never take a ride home if a stranger asks. Setting these ground rules can help your child avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Install a Home surveillance System

Nowadays, installing a home security system is a common way to secure premises. Not only do they keep burglars at bay, but also help detect fires, gas, floods, and other disasters. You can opt for additional surveillance in your house. With a few cameras located around the house, you can record video activity and even receive live feed directly to your phone depending upon the monitoring services you have chosen. Many security companies are offering services where users have access to live feed of their home via phone or tablet.

Set up specific codes for arrival notifications

If you have installed an interactive home security system, you may be given the option to create and manage additional user codes. You can teach your child how to enter a specific code when entering the house. The system will send a notification to your phone immediately, letting you know your child is home safely.

Get a GPS Tracker

You can track your little one and stay connected with the help of a GPS tracker. A number of security companies are offering reliable GPS trackers that provide accurate, precise, and up-to-date information about your kid’s location directly to your phone. The GPS device is usually small, portable, and easy to carry around for your kid.

Turn On lights and monitor your home Remotely

It’s almost time for your kids to get home and you are not there to receive them? Don’t worry; with the help of remote monitoring systems, you can manage the lighting and temperature of your home with a push of a button. This means you can also keep track of unusual changes in your home’s environment and be alerted in the case of any fire or flood.

Inform your Neighbors

It is always important that you know your neighbors and they know you. If your neighbor knows your children are home alone, they may be able to keep a look out and let you know in the event of any emergency. On the other hand, you should make sure your kids know the neighbors and when to seek help if something goes wrong.

Have a Backup Key System

Kids will always be kids, and losing keys is quite common. To make sure your child has entry to the house despite losing keys, you can set up emergency locksmith services or get a keyless entry system.

Teach your kids about “911”

Don’t let your child feel helpless or alone in an emergency situation; teach them how to dial 911! As a responsible parent, it is your duty to make sure your child understands the importance of emergency assistance and 911.

Now you can keep a close eye on your little ones at home and stay up-to-date with their activities. There is nothing more important than knowing your kids are safe and sound. The above mentioned steps can go a long way in protecting your family and giving you the peace you deserve.