You and your family are able to 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 home from intruders and for life safety.
As your children get older and are able to stay at home on their own, you will have to teach them how to stay safe and prevent robbers from accessing the home, which includes showing your children 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 a necessary step of growing up and assuming responsibilities.
Additionally, there are a number of ways to effectively teach children about home security without instilling unnecessary fear in them, with a bit of teaching and role-playing games. The following are some strategies you can use to help your kids develop good home safety habits:
- Preparing the Children for an Emergency
You can teach your kids about the home security system while showing them how to respond in the event of 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 on 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 very helpful if the child is left at home with an adult who has suffered a health emergency or some other injury that needs fast action.
- Training Them to Avoid False Alarms
Learning to disarm the home alarm system is an indirect way to teach your child about 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.
- Make Safety a Family Affair
Home security comprises of many components besides alarm systems, so it is important that you 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 about what to do in case there is an intruder, how to answer the door or phone, and what to do in case of a fire.
When teaching your child about home safety and security measures, always include some role-playing games to help you and your children practice what to do and say in each and every situation.