It’s something that millions of parents tell their kids returning from school during the day – “Call me when you get home”. And it’s something that countless kids might simply forget to do.
Modern residential security systems can help parents and kids in this situation by way of automatic texting. It’s easy and comforting for all parties.
Take the XT Series from DMP as an example. This is a burglary, fire and door access panel that home owners have installed at main entry points to their house. The XT Series includes all communication options (ie, network, cellular and dial-up as need be) and comes with a two-way wireless receiver.
It’s that receiver which really helps parents during those afternoons when kids are coming home. It sends selected alerts from the panel – including arm/disarm and all alarms – directly to their cell phone, mobile device, and/or an email address.
Similarly, the XT Series allows users to quickly and easily arm or disarm their system, check status and turn outputs on or off from their cell phone. And if users – especially the kids – can’t remember the commands, they can just type ‘HELP’ and the panel will reply with the commands.
The importance of this sort of residential security system is underscored by several broader trends in our society. Briefly consider three of those trends:
Increased safety concerns – According to a recent article in www.canadianparents.com, fewer than 30% of kids bike or walk home from school. This reticence to walk freely is due in part to safety concerns, meaning that kids are aware of security issues now in way they weren’t in years past.
Rising smart phone usage – A recent study in Consumer Reports says the number of teens carrying smart phone has almost tripled in the last two years. With teenagers increasingly accustomed to all things texting related, they would be very comfortable using residential security systems with text alerts.
Many kids are home alone – The United States Census Bureau estimates that as many as one third of all school age children in the U.S. are alone for some part of the week. Many children find themselves in this situation after school while waiting for their parents to return home from work.
Parents will always ask their kids if they are home safely from school. And some kids will always forget to share the news. Residential security systems that send texts can help bring peace of mind for all involved.