You and your fam­i­ly can relax and enjoy your time at home because it is a safe and secure envi­ron­ment. But it is only safe because the adults take the nec­es­sary mea­sures to pro­tect the house from intrud­ers and for life safe­ty.

As your chil­dren get old­er and can stay at home on their own, you will have to teach them how to stay safe and pre­vent rob­bers from access­ing the house, includ­ing show­ing them how to oper­ate the home alarm sys­tem. Although some par­ents are hes­i­tant to dis­cuss secu­ri­ty mat­ters with their chil­dren because they want to avoid scar­ing them, learn­ing about secu­ri­ty is nec­es­sary for grow­ing up and assum­ing respon­si­bil­i­ties.

There are sev­er­al ways to effec­tive­ly teach chil­dren about home secu­ri­ty with­out instill­ing unnec­es­sary fear, with some teach­ing and role-play­ing games. The fol­low­ing are some strate­gies you can use to help your kids devel­op good home safe­ty habits:

    1. Prepar­ing the Chil­dren for an Emer­gency

You can teach your kids about the home secu­ri­ty sys­tem while show­ing them how to respond to an emer­gency, such as a fire or break-in. Teach them how to:

      • Arm and dis­arm the secu­ri­ty sys­tem in all modes, Stay, Away, Night ( Instant) and Pan­ic. Teach them the prop­er pro­ce­dure for deal­ing with an alarm sit­u­a­tion and the rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the cen­tral mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem when they call them back.
      • Remem­ber to show them where the Pass­card is stored, where the mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion Num­ber is kept and how to use the pass­code.

Such skills can be ben­e­fi­cial if the child is left at home with an adult who has suf­fered a health emer­gency or anoth­er injury that needs fast action.

    1. Train­ing Them to Avoid False Alarms

Learn­ing to dis­arm the home alarm sys­tem indi­rect­ly teach­es your child the basics of a home secu­ri­ty sys­tem. Teach your kid the secu­ri­ty code need­ed to acti­vate and dis­arm the sys­tem, and then prac­tice enter­ing the code togeth­er. This process should not be rushed. Instead, take your time to review the process, as it will min­imise the risk of false alarms and asso­ci­at­ed fees. There is a chance that your child may enter the wrong code, prompt­ing the mon­i­tor­ing agent to con­tact the house. Teach your child to stay calm and to prac­tice telling the agent that no assis­tance is nec­es­sary at the moment.

    1. Make Safe­ty a Fam­i­ly Affair

Home secu­ri­ty com­pris­es many com­po­nents besides alarm sys­tems, so you must dis­cuss oth­er essen­tial safe­ty skills. You should, for instance, teach your child not to reveal that they are home alone or that their par­ents are out, espe­cial­ly on social media. Also, teach them what to do in case of an intrud­er, how to answer the door or phone, and what to do in case of a fire.

Teach your child about home safe­ty and secu­ri­ty mea­sures, includ­ing role-play­ing games to help you and your chil­dren prac­tice what to do and say in every sit­u­a­tion.

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