Home Security for Latchkey Kids

During the school year, sometimes it’s impossible for parents to shift their schedules so that they’re always home after school with their kids. Leaving your kids alone while you’re working can be a pretty stressful experience. Fortunately, companies like Protect America give parents a chance to interact and check up on their kids while they aren’t home and ensure that their kids are safe and sound. Here are a few tips on how to improve your home security for latchkey kids.


There is a lot of negative stigma attributed to latchkey kids, but studies have proven that a child’s social, emotional, and academic well-being can be offset if the child knows that a parent is monitoring their after-school time and if the parent is readily available by telephone. Being latchkey can even be a good experience for kids who are ready by increasing their confidence and independence. So if you have to leave your kids home alone for a while after school, there is a lot you can do to keep them safe and focused on their routine.

Wondering If They Made It Home Okay?

The last thing on a child’s mind after they get home from school is to remember to report that they got home safely. So it goes without saying that a lot of the time you’re going to be stuck not knowing for certain whether they arrived home or not. One of the best ways to alleviate this concern is to integrate indoor security cameras with your home security system. With indoor security cameras from Protect America you can simply check the indoor camera feed to make sure that your child got home okay. You could also implement extra door and window sensors around the home and set those to alert you when someone enters the home.

An added bonus with these cameras is that they also have a two way communication option so that you can check in (or remind them to do their homework).

Locked Doors and Lost Keys

Have you ever wondered if the door was left unlocked and worried about it while you were away? This can be more stressful if you have latchkey kids. With so much on their plates with school, kids may  have trouble remembering to lock the front door when they leave, or may forget to take their own key.

That’s where Protect America’s August Smart Locks come in to play. With August locks installed in your home, you can take complete control of your home access from your mobile phone. You’ll know who comes and goes, have it auto lock or unlock, and unlock the door from your phone if someone needs access.

Having a smart lock is practically a must have for latchkey parents, and it’s liberating for your children not to have to worry about losing their house key or getting into the home. On top of that, with personalized entry, you’ll always know who and when someone gets home.

Disarming your Security System

One thing that may be a concern about having a security system is having your kids disarm the system when they get home. Having to use a keypad and password could be a little stressful. With Protect America, you can equip your system with remote keychains so that when your children get home from school, they can disable the security system with a click of a button.

You might even want to equip your own keychain with one of these. Disarming your security system doesn’t get much easier than pressing a button on your keychain.

Bottom Line

The bottom line, Protect America home security can help you keep your kids on track and safe while you’re away. With sensors, cameras, and smart locks you’ll never have to worry if your kids got home safe and you will even be able to easily interact with them if you need to. Get a free security consultation with Protect America or visit the Protect America online store today and get your home security ready for the school year!