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There is an old saying that moms have eyes on the back of their heads, suggesting they see just about everything that goes on. The truth is that moms really do wish they had extra eyes so they never missed any potential danger. Keeping children safe is a parent’s number one priority. It is a difficult job and every parent feels the weight of it. The good news is that today’s parents have an added advantage in high-tech home security tools to help them keep the kids safe and out of harm’s way.
Home surveillance cameras do more than deter crime, they act as an extra set of eyes that keep parents fully informed. Here are some practical ways to use your system to help monitor your children.

Seeing Them Home from School

Providing age appropriate freedom means that the kids may get home before you do and let themselves into the home. As much as you know they are capable, you also know that there are real dangers in the world for which there is no way to prepare. When you have home security, you can get an alert and see that your kids made it home safely.

Checking in on them When They Are Home Alone

Kids need to exercise a bit of independence and stay home alone sometimes. While they are learning to maneuver the world, you can always stay close at hand by viewing the live video feed from your smartphone or tablet.

Make Sure Chores are Done

When your teen calls you at work and asks if they can go to a friend’s house to hang out, your one request is that the chores are done first. Instead of waiting to come home to find them not done, you can check first via live video feed.

Solving Whodunit

Whenever there is a problem or dispute it is difficult to know what actually happened. By checking the recorded video, you can definitively solve the mystery and settle the arguments.

Monitoring Backyard Play

The kids are playing nicely outside but you know that it does not take much for cooperative activity to take a nasty turn and turn into the war to end all wars. By tapping in to live feed on your security cameras, you can monitor the progression of play and intervene before things get off track.

Middle of the Night Tech Busts

Your kids are having a difficult time getting up in the morning and spend the whole day dragging. They seem to go to bed at a decent hour, but are they actually sleeping? With a little video surveillance sleuthing you find that they have their phones out and are spending almost all night on social media. Problem solved.

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The internet is part of our everyday lives and offers a lot of benefits, but it can also be incredibly dangerous. While your children are online doing homework or using social media, there are criminals lurking to steal personal information—or worse.  If you have children that use the internet, the rules you establish for going online not only positively impact their online experience, it positively impacts their safety and that of the family. Talk to your family about these internet safety tips.

For Parents

Keeping your family safe online means being proactive. Take an active role in how the computer and other devices with online access are used in your home. Establish family guidelines about internet safety and make it a regular part of family conversation. Here are some important tips for parents.

  •         Always install and use internet filters and permission programs to make inappropriate sites off-limits.
  •         Use parental alerts.
  •         Install file sharing programs correctly and activate setting so nothing private is shared.
  •         Have them use the computer and other internet devices in communal parts of the home, instead of in their room with the door shut.
  •         Take all incidents of bullying seriously.
  •         Always report suspicious activity, or online threats of self-harm.
  •         Check browser history.

Establish family guidelines about internet safety and make it a regular part of family conversation.

For Children and Teens

Having an established set of rules helps keep everyone safe. Here are some important tips to discuss with your family.

  •         Never use personal information such as name or birthdate to create screen names.
  •         Use generic names instead of ones that identify whether you are male or female.
  •         Always choose complex passwords and never share them.
  •         Do not use secret online email or social media accounts.
  •         Never give personal information such as your name, address, or name of your school or places you frequent.
  •         Never agree to send photos to someone you met online.
  •         Do not send pictures of friends, family members, or pictures where the background can help someone locate you.
  •         Never agree to meet anyone in person whom you have met online. Ever.
  •         If something does not feel right, tell your parents.
  •         Always tell your parents immediately if someone sends an inappropriate, explicit, or threatening message.
  •         Never reply to text, email, or pop-up messages asking for personal or financial information and do not follow links in those messages.
  •         Be cautious about opening attachments, regardless of who sent them.
  •         Talk to your parents before P2P file sharing.
  •         Check with your parents before installing any “free” games or software.
  •         Never download anything without parental consent.
  •         Never buy anything online without permission.
  •         Never send messages that will make someone feel sad, scared, threatened, or could be considered mean spirited.
  •         Never argue with someone over the internet.
  •         Tell your parents immediately about any incidents of bullying.

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