By: Amy Nielson.
If you’re a parent, it’s natural to be concerned about the well-being of your children. In the modern world, you might feel that you have a tougher job than ever before, due to the increased risks that are tied to technology. For example, whereas parents used to only have to be concerned with bullying that happened in person, now cyber bullying is on the rise as offenders boldly taunt people through the protection of a computer screen. However, you can use technology to help you ensure that your children are safe, too.
There are many expenses related to parenting, so it’s not surprising if your first thought is “That sounds great, but how much do home security systems cost? Fortunately, there are a variety of companies willing to accommodate your needs in accordance with your budget. If you’ve been wondering whether or not a home security system is necessary, consider the peace of mind that you’ll get from knowing that your loved ones are safe. A simple glance at news stories will show you that problems related to intruders are more common than you might think. However, that’s no need to be unnecessarily frightened. Instead, take action by exploring home security systems that complement your parenting skills.
Keeping a Watchful Eye
If you have a daughter, that’s an even stronger reason to consider installing a home security system. Even if she has a fierce personality and knows how to act when being approached by a stranger, intruders often look for familiar patterns before making a move. Beyond the common perception that girls are an easier target than their male counterparts, potential intruders might watch for weeks or even months to spot things such as when your daughter comes home from school, and whether or not she’s accompanied by someone.
In the same way that these people lurk in the shadows to potentially cause harm, you can fight back by making the choice to install a security system in your home that’s effective, yet inconspicuous. Security cameras can help you determine whether or not suspicious activity is occurring so that you can react appropriately if necessary. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recently provided a report which indicated that as many as 35 percent of cases involving attempted abductions were linked to periods when a child was going to or from school. You can’t be everywhere at once, but you can at least feel more comfortable about those times when your daughter is left alone if you have chosen to use some sort of monitoring system to alert you about her safety.
Empower your Children
Kids need to know how to react if they find themselves in a potentially dangerous situation. When they’re knowledgeable about the appropriate response, and also understand how your security system works, they’ll be well-equipped to handle themselves no matter what’s on the horizon.
Try a few role-playing games and coach your children about what to do in particular situations. Daughters who are of dating age need to be taught how to say no if they feel that things are moving too fast when they’re with someone of the opposite sex. Hobbies such as karate, and even music help kids learn how to stay level headed in a situation, as well. These activities demand an intensive focus, which is particularly advantageous given that many intruders aim to distract their victims.
There are no certainties in life, and this is especially true when it comes to your children’s safety. Be an attentive parent and take stay as informed as possible by considering the advantages of a home security system now.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy Nielson is an avid blogger. You can follow her on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/NielsonAmy
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