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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Allan Baum
Allan Baum founded Protection Plus with his wife Neseh in 1994. He has worked in the security industry since 1991. His educational background includes an MBA from York University ( when it was still York) and a B.A. from McGill. Allan and Neseh have three wonderful children who are now considered adults and an equally wonderful dog named Waub.