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4 Ways to Teach Kids Good Security Habits at Home


There are no shortage of worries when you become a parent, but the majority of them boil down to one simple objective: keeping your child safe. As your child gets older and more independent, it is critical to teach your child how to keep himself safe when you are not around, both for his safety and your sanity. Here are a few ways to build those good habits.

Teach Your Child to Notice the Details

Encourage and nurture a mindful, observant attitude in your child. It’s all too easy to get caught up in our thoughts and overlook details that could be critical to your safety at home. Teach your child to pay attention to his surroundings and notice the details. One easy way to do this is by playing a game of “I Spy.” Draw your child’s attention to anything that is out of the ordinary, like a strange car parked by your home or a suspicious person passing out flyers in your neighborhood. Make vigilance a habit from an early age to keep your child aware of his surroundings at all times. For young children, read books that have a personal safety theme as an additional way to reinforce this topic.

Keep the Doors Locked

Lock the door behind you whenever you enter your home and teach your child to do the same. It doesn’t matter how safe you think your neighborhood is, an unlocked door is an invitation for unwelcome guests. By building the habit of locking the door immediately, you can decrease the instances of forgetting to lock up when you are in a hurry, consumed with other tasks on your to-do list. The sooner that you can help your child build this habit, the sooner you can feel a little more confident about your child being at home alone when that time comes.

Check the Security Cameras

We’ve all been there: you hear a suspicious sound outside your home, but are too alarmed to go out and check on things without some backup. With a nocturnal security camera system installed around the exterior of your home, you won’t have to risk going out and checking on things without a clear visual confirmation first. Teach your kids how to pull up the live camera feed so that they can quickly see what is going on outside as soon as they hear something questionable. Depending on the type of camera system you have, this can usually be done on a computer or via a smartphone app. Make sure that your kids know how to use the interface and download the app to your child’s smartphone or tablet.

Create an Emergency Plan

In the event that the unspeakable occurs, have an emergency plan in place so that you and your family know exactly how to proceed. Sit down together as a family to create a plan, notating all of the details for what to do in various emergency scenarios like a fire, injury, break-in or another home emergency, like a burst pipe. List out emergency contacts, neighbors’ phone numbers and the telephone numbers for the local police department, poison control, your doctor and anyone else who you’d want to help you kids in one of these emergency scenarios. It can also be helpful to role play the various scenarios and have drills to fully prepare your family so that you can be confident that they know what to do.

By teaching your child to be observant of his environment, making a habit of door locking, instructing your kids how to check your security cameras and by creating a thorough emergency plan, you can help your child build positive habits to help keep him safe. This can help provide peace of mind for you and also help further his sense of confidence.

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