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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