It’s not easy being a teen these days. Then again it’s not easy raising teens either. With all their self-doubt, angst and hormonal rage, they walk a fine line between childhood and adulthood. As parents, our natural instinct is to protect them and keep them from making mistakes. Educating teens on the importance of personal safety is a huge part of helping them mature, and this starts at home.
Security Starts At Home
Teach your teens to think first, think safe, think smart and think ahead. You can strike a healthy balance between parental guidance and freedom by utilizing technology to make your home more interactive and secure.
Your closest ally during these challenging teen years could be your smart home security system. It acts as the central hub and helps to seamlessly connect your smart technology devices to your home and family lifestyle. It can provide parents the advantage of remote home management. Giving them the ability to arm and disarm the system from anywhere in the world, monitor arrivals, departures and visitors, and in an emergency, elicit an instant response from your alarm monitoring company.
Keyless Smart Locks
Teens are notorious for losing things, especially house keys. Keyless smart locks offer peace of mind and add an extra layer of protection by eliminating the need for traditional keys altogether. All your teen needs to remember is the unique access code that you create for them. When they come home, they simply enter their code on the keypad, and they’re in.
Automatic door lock features make home a safer place for teens. Doors can be set to automatically lock behind them as they enter. No more reminders to lock the door, keyless smart locks do it for them.
Smart home security systems and remote monitoring keep parents plugged in, even when away from home. Smartphone alerts can be set to notify you each time an entry code is used to unlock and open the door or disarm the security system. This makes it possible to monitor their comings and goings, without spoiling their sense of freedom.
For more extreme circumstances, image sensors can also be incorporated into your smart home security system and positioned throughout the house to prevent against late-night sneak outs or undisclosed guests. Every time the system is disarmed, a snapshot can be sent to your mobile device to confirm they made it home on time or that friends who come to visit are on the “mom approved” list.
Smart Access Control
Video intercoms are helping twenty-first-century moms and dads close the technology gap with their teens. Unlike old style, audio-only or telephone-based intercom systems, video intercoms make it possible to see who is at the door from anywhere, at any time. Using a smartphone, tablet or Bluetooth-enabled device, parents and teens can visually identify and safely interact with visitors, without ever opening the door.
Smart Temperature Control
Nearly half of a typical home’s energy costs are heating and cooling. Smart thermostats can help keep sanity throughout the house and electric bills under control. The Internet of Things (IoT) makes it possible for your thermostat to be integrated into your home security system, connected to your wireless network and controlled from your phone. This means in the summer, reminders can be sent to teens to turn off the ac before leaving the house. The Wi-Fi connectivity of smart thermostats offers many perks and advantages that go beyond temperature control.
The best way to stay ahead of the technology learning curve and remain secure in the city that never sleeps is working with a qualified, locally trusted advanced security provider. Paragon Security has been turning innovations in technology into secure realities for residents, offices, apartment managers, retail businesses, developers, hospitals, schools and city facilities throughout the five boroughs and beyond for more than 28 years. Call today to discuss the best smart home technology solutions to meet your needs 212.203.0821.