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Back to School Basic Tips for Your Smart Home Security Solutions

by Soraya Herbert | Oct 10, 2020

After months of battling coronavirus, several countries have begun cautiously lifting lockdown measures. Offices are reopening, and many children are back in school.

While it’s an essential and hopefully safe move, it presents new challenges. One such challenge is how parents will monitor their children without being physically present.

How can they ensure that the children are doing their homework and not playing video games? What can they do if there’s an emergency?

It’s not easy. However, as a parent, you can invest in a smart home security solution to manage and respond to situations better. 

You won’t be the first parent to depend on smart home technology. One out of every three parents uses home security systems to check in on their kids. 

What’s more?

The transition to smart home technology can be even more comfortable with the tips below.

Let Your Smart Home Do the Watching

When you’re at work, you have no idea what’s going on at home. You ask yourself if your children are back from school. Did they bring some friends over? Are they safe?

These questions will most likely distract you from work. But with a smart home security solution, you’ll get instant answers, so you don’t have to worry.

You can get notifications on real-time events. If someone opens a door, window, or cabinet, you get an instant text or email alert.

Parents use their smart home security systems to help their kids get in from school and watch them from doing potentially dangerous things.  

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Remote Entry 

If your child gets home at 3:00 pm every day, you can set the doors to open at that time. On days that you forget, you can open the doors remotely.

Eyes in the Wall

You can keep your eyes on your children with the help of sensors placed in strategic parts of the home. With this, you will know if your kids had friends come over; if they stayed home after school or sneaked out.

More so, you can ensure they’re not opening the door to strangers. Almost 70 percent of parents said they would most likely monitor their children to see if they opened the door for strangers.

So, what do you do?

You can install the GVTC connectHome, for your peace of mind, and rest assured your child is safe.

Limit Access to Potentially Dangerous Regions

Your major priority as a parent is to keep your children safe. And that includes keeping them away from corners of your home that can potentially hurt them.

Without you at home to supervise, your children are sure to fall or bump their heads occasionally. These seemingly minor incidents are the reason an estimated 9.2 million children visit the emergency department annually.

Luckily, you can use smart home security systems to keep children away from some harmful regions.

How does it work?

With the help of sensors and an access code, you can decide which areas are off-limits to the children. Once you specify what those areas are, your smart home technology does the rest.

For instance, if your child returns home from school and goes near the pool without your supervision or permission, you’ll know.

The sensors around the swimming area would detect movement near or in the pool. Thus, once your child wanders near those marked regions, you’ll get an immediate alert. You can turn on your 

The only way the child can go into the water is if you enter the access code. This step ensures that your children or their visiting friends remain injury-free.

Automating Your Morning Routine

Waking up early to prepare for school can be a tedious chore for you and your child. It probably doesn’t help if you yell at them.

Would you consider making things better by automating your morning routine?

Let’s look at it this way. If your child’s morning routine includes a wake-up alarm and upbeat music, you can schedule the events with a smart home security solution.

A “morning mode” will see that the thermostats are off, blinds automatically open, and the music gets played at a specific time.

Automating will keep your children on track and save you some time. Fifty-seven percent of Americans say that using such a setup in their homes saves them about 30 minutes every day.

That’s a lot of time for busy parents who find it challenging to juggle all of their day-to-day responsibilities.

No Gaming Until Work Is Done

For the children of today, the internet has become a considerable part of their day-to-day life. In one study, 94 percent of children ages three to 18 had a computer at home in 2015.

The same study discovered that 61 percent of children ages three to 18 had internet access at home. With their internet access, 73 percent of children from ages two and older are video game players.

Due to that daunting number, you get saddled with the extra task of limiting your child’s game time. Luckily, the smart home security solution can help.

You can use the smart home security solution to set screen times for children. What you need to do is determine how much game time they can have each day.

Once the time runs out, their gaming device can go into “lockdown mode.” Or you can randomly shut them out of their device if they are neglecting their homework.

Once the homework gets done, you unlock their device. This method keeps you in command of your child’s daily activities and reminds them of their priorities.

What If You Forget to Arm the System?

You or your child may forget to turn off your home appliances. But using a smart home security system gives you easy access to control of all your smart home technology.

So, if you usually forget to turn off appliances or arm your security, motion sensors can control devices and electricity usage.

You can also use smart home security solutions like GVTC Security Monitoring to keep you secure and in control.

The Next Step

Even though these tips are helpful, they’re useless without the right smart home security solution. The GVTC connectHome 2.0 helps you put these insights to work.

With GVTC connectHome 2.0, you have:

- Round the clock security monitoring

- Access to the full functionality of your security system status

- Availability of wireless sensors

- The ability to locate and track vehicle and assets

- Remote control over your security system, video doorbells, locks, and more

You can click here for more information.

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