Talk To Your Kids About Security

Talk To Your Kids About Security
Thursday, September 17, 2015  


Posted by: ESA Communications

For Immediate Release

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Talk To Your Kids About

Irving, Texas (September 17, 2015)
— School has ramped back up across the nation
and now is a great time to talk to your kids
about home safety. Whether it’s knowing how to
operate your home’s security system or knowing
who to call for help when needed, it’s crucial
for kids to know these basic facts to help make
them and your home safer. Discussions about
safety and security could seem scary to
children, but with a little preparation, and
these tips from the Electronic Security
Association (ESA), you can approach the subject
with your little ones and allay any fears they
might have.

Assure your children
they are safe. Younger children may
think that if you’re buying a new security
system that it means they weren’t safe before or
that there is danger to fear. Reassure your
children that their home is safe and will
continue to be safe – even more so now, that
they are under the additional protection a home
security system provides. Depending on the age
and personality of your children, you may want
to avoid talking about “bad guys” and focus on
how the security system is meant to keep the
family safe.
Lay down clear
ground rules. Depending on your kids’
age, let them know about the rules and
responsibilities they have for home safety.
Children aged 2-4 should know, for example, that
only adults are allowed to open the door no
matter who is knocking. Teach your kids how to
use a phone to call 911 and trusted adults in
case of emergency, and have the numbers easily
readable and accessible. Older children and
teenagers should be taught about the importance
of arming the security system when they are home
alone, who is allowed in the home when parents
are away, and when curfews are set. Teach them
that these rules are inflexible and they’re set
for a reason: to keep them safe.
privacy concerns early on. Teenagers
want privacy more and more as they get older,
and may bristle at the idea of security cameras
located in the home. Reassure them by telling
them exactly what the cameras will be recording:
the front door entrance, the garage, any
stationary valuables in the home, etc. Make sure
they know the cameras aren’t there for “spying,”
but for safety.
Get your older kids
involved. As your children get older,
show them how your home security system works
and teach them how to operate it themselves.
Make sure that they know the necessary passwords
to avoid false alarms and teach them how to arm
and disarm the system. It is also a good idea to
ingrain good habits when it comes to always
locking the doors and arming the system whenever
they leave the home. Older children should know
that keeping the home safe is now part of their
responsibilities as they grow into adulthood.
The more mature they are, the more they should
know about the very real threats out in the
world but not in a way that makes them fearful
or paranoid.
The key to making your home and family safer
is more than just hardware: it’s an ongoing
conversation about the importance of security
and vigilance in the home.
An ESA member company can help design and
install a security system that both fits the
needs of your home and family, and is easy
enough to use by all members of the family.
today to find a trusted security professional to
help with your home security needs.
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