Kids Home Alone? Tools That Offer Parents Peace of Mind
Your babies are now old enough to be left home alone. While they may feel confident and ready for this next step, you’re understandably nervous. Fortunately, though, there are plenty of tools you can use to make sure your kids are safe and secure when they’re home and you’re not.
It may seem obvious, but one of the best tools you can use to ensure your kids are safe is a smartphone. If they come home from school before you get home from work, they can call, text or video chat you to tell you they got home safely. They also can call you if they have any problems, if they get nervous by themselves or if they need help.
Beyond the safety features to get in touch with you, they can use a smartphone to stay entertained while you’re gone by playing games or watching videos. They can work on their homework with the help of Google, and communicate with their friends. It’s a well-rounded tool while they’re home alone.
Your kids will feel safer at home by themselves if you have a security system to ward off potential burglars. TechRadar recommends installing Lorex security cameras because they can be placed in inconspicuous areas, such as in high corners, and maintain a strong signal.
You can view the security footage from anywhere, which means if your kids call you because they heard a strange noise, you can view your house from your smartphone to check if anything is amiss. You also may want an alarm on windows and doors to alert you, your kids and emergency responders to any intruders.
It can be scary for kids to be home alone when the doorbell rings. They are old enough to know better than to answer the door to a stranger when you’re not home, but they may get nervous if someone rings multiple times or doesn’t leave right away.
Instead of having them peek through the window to see who’s there, use a video doorbell to be able to see who’s at the front door from anywhere in the house. Your kids will feel safer being able to monitor who’s at the door and keep your absence unnoticed. Lifewire recommends Ring’s Video Doorbell 2 because it has a long battery life, night-vision video and is waterproof.
As a parent, you’re a worrier. You think of all the worst-case scenarios that could happen when you’re not next to your kids. What if the house catches on fire? What if they have an allergic reaction? What if they fall down the stairs and hurt themselves? While these scenarios are unlikely, you can’t help but think of the what-ifs. This is where smart appliances can come in handy.
Install a Nest thermostat to monitor the temperature and air quality in your home so you don’t have to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning. Use a smart watering system to make sure your kids don’t come home to a flooded yard that would end up as mud all over the house. Buy a smart refrigerator to let you know when you’re out of supplies that you can pick up for dinner that night. There are endless possibilities to make your life easier and keep your kids safer in your home.
While all of these tools are great for your children when they’re home alone, the real key is to make sure they’re responsible and ready for this step. Trust your kids to make good decisions and let them know that you can be there at a moment’s notice.