Security Systems & Safety for Back to School SeasonAugust 3, 2018
August 13th is the first day of school in Little Rock. Are you ready?
If you’re like many parents, you gave a resounding “Yes!” It’s time to have kids on a regular schedule again, and it can be helpful for your sanity if they are out of the house for much of the day.
Still, there are things to think about when it comes to back to school – and we’re not just talking about notebooks and folders. Security systems and safety are big concerns.
Here are some important security and safety tips as your kids head back to school!
Educate Your Kids About Travel Safety
When your kids are in school, they are out of your presence for most of the day. For part of that time they are traveling to and from school.
It’s important that your kids understand and have security systems and habits in place if they begin to feel uncomfortable. Is there a code word that someone will have if they go to pick your child up from school? Do your kids know what to do if approached by a stranger at the bus stop?
If your children walk to school, be sure they know to stay with other children, avoid secluded places, and take other personal safety measures.
When your kids know how to stay safe, you can rest easy this fall.
Use Security Systems at Home
Are your kids at home alone during the afternoon? If so, security systems are even more important for you than they are for many others.
Use security cameras and monitoring systems so that you can keep up with what’s going on at home – even if you aren’t there. You may find smart home systems useful as well since they can detect and alert you about change at your house.
It’s also important to have your child check in with you, and to have a neighbor or trusted emergency contact in case there’s trouble before you get off work. Make sure you have strict rules about answering the door and consider a video doorbell.
Encourage Open Communication
Many times children – especially younger kids – don’t want to speak up if they see something that happens. They may feel intimidated, afraid of causing or scene, or afraid of making you mad. Or, they may have been somewhere they weren’t supposed to be when the incident happened.
Regardless, maintaining good communication is a vital security system. Your kids can know that you are there for them to talk at any time about anything. Help them understand that if they were in a situation that was unsafe, you will listen without getting mad.
Helping your children tell you when they are uncomfortable and contact you for help if they need it will help them stay safe no matter how old they are.
Let Us Help With Your Home Security
At ICU Protection, we’ve been proudly serving the Little Rock area for years. We offer a local solution to your security needs, with from alarm systems to cameras and much more.
Whether your security systems need maintenance or it’s time for an upgrade, you can contact us for a quote. We’d love to serve you!