Every day in America there are approximately 4.5 million children who spend between six and seven hours at home alone, according to U.S. Census data. This number has dropped about 40 percent since 1997, but parents still struggle with the knowledge that they are not home with their kids when they want to be. This is one of the reasons Freedom Alarm is now so vocal about encouraging the use of video cameras that make it possible for parents to watch their children even while they are still at work.
With a few affordable video cameras connected to remote monitoring via smartphone, tablet or PC, parents always have access to their homes whether they are at work, out of town, out shopping, and so on. We have discovered – as have many of our customers – that this access is priceless.
Keep Track of Schedules
Watching your kids while you are working is beneficial in a lot of ways, beginning with the ability to keep track of their schedules. With a video camera positioned near the main entry point of your home, you can make sure your kids arrive home from school when they should. During the summer months, watching your children with video cameras lets you keep track of their comings and goings throughout the day.
It can be a dangerous world, but keeping track of your children’s schedules just makes it easier for you to react quickly in the event something goes wrong. With video cameras, you will know within minutes when a child does not arrive on time.
Other Benefits of Watching Kids
You can use video cameras in your home to accomplish a lot of other tasks as well. For example, if you are having trouble motivating the kids to get homework done as soon as they arrive home, insist that they do it in the dining room where you can view them via a wall-mounted camera. It’s remarkable how cooperative kids can be when they know they are being watched.
Additional benefits of watching your kids by way of video cameras include:
- Security for the Kids – Younger kids may be nervous about being home alone while you’re at work. You can alleviate some of their fears by letting them know you are keeping an eye on things through video cameras. Reducing their anxieties in this way can be a big help.
- Monitoring Sitters – You may have sitters staying with your younger children while you are out. Watching your children not only means watching them to make sure they are behaving themselves. It also includes keeping an eye on the sitter. The last thing you need is a sitter in your home who does not meet your expectations.
- Your Own Peace of Mind – Kids are not the only ones who suffer anxiety in so-called “latchkey” circumstances. Parents can be just as anxious. Watching your kids with video cameras can provide you with much-needed peace of mind.
- Help During Emergencies – Keeping an eye on things makes it possible for you to respond more quickly to any emergency that may occur while the children are alone. Real-time video monitoring makes handling emergencies faster and more effective.
If you are one of the millions of American families with kids who spend significant time at home alone while you’re working, consider using video cameras to keep an eye on them. They will feel safer, you will be more at ease, and there will be less time when your kids will be completely out of sight.