Being a parent has never been an easy task. Though the modern age has added some complexity—it’s also given parents valuable tools to make their lives easier.

Whether you are a parent of young children, a parent of a newborn, or a single parent working hard to support your kids, there’s certainly a home security or automation tool that will aid in your process. Here are some tools and approaches that will help keep your kids safe:

Cover the Basics

It’s best to start by making sure that all the proper home security basics have been accounted for. Are your doors and windows locked and secure? Have you installed burglar proof glass? Is the exterior of the house clean, free of brush and other objects that a burglar can use to sneak around? Most importantly, have you purchased home security equipment? Have you placed signs to advertise that you are equipped with security equipment?

These initial and vital steps need to be taken, followed by making sure that the home itself has been proofed to prevent any accident or incidents by a child.

With children of any age, protecting them is often simply about risk mitigation. You seek to prevent incidents long before they ever occur. If you can provide yourself additional comfort and peace of mind, it’s invaluable.

It’s important to childproof the home and make sure that any hazards that could potentially cause harm or a dangerous incident are accounted for, including:

  • Place gateways around stairs so a child can’t accidentally fall
  • Put away any dangerous or flammable chemicals and liquids
  • Properly stow firearms, knives, and other dangerous household items so children won’t have access
  • Remove sharp edges on counter tops, furniture, and rid the house of rugs or other items that can cause falls

How Tech Fits In

Home security and automation is extremely useful for parents who are juggling many things at the same time. A system that provides both security and automation will allow parents and children to move freely throughout the home without feeling limited or restricted. 

Motion sensors can keep track of movements to let parents know if anyone has entered or exited the home, and security cameras can connect to apps through your smart phone to let parents check in on kids and even communicate with them if there is a two-way microphone in place. If you have a latchkey child (one who frequently spends time home alone in the hours after school before a parent has returned from work), then you can use cameras or general home automation tools to check in and make sure a child has arrived home safely.

If a child is left home with security devices, these products are often intuitive and easy to use, so he can be taught how to use gadgets if need be. 

Tips for Single Mothers

It can be difficult for single mothers to juggle work and children, but home security can make the task simpler. But first you’ll need to cover some basic safety measures. 

If you’re a single mother, don’t boast or share that you live alone with your child. You never know who may overhear your conversation or has bad intentions. Some predators will intentionally seek out single parents. Also, display your first initial and last name only on shipping information, mailboxes, and any other material that may be viewed by the public. This will keep predators from knowing your status.

Otherwise, home security and automation will allow you the same vital check in tools to make sure your kids arrive to and from home safely. You’ll also be able to automate lights, garages, or other household items that your children may tinker with if you are away. The Internet of Things is growing rapidly and there’s sure to be tools that will help parents in any unique situation.