For many parents, getting a home security system may feel like the beginning of helicopter parenting. That means a parent who closely hovers over their child’s every move – from school to extracurricular to their social life. Although this type of parent usually has good intentions, it often creates issues involving children’s struggle with independence.
There’s a difference between watching your child and ensuring their safety. And when done right, getting a home monitoring system does the job without leaving your children feeling the loss of privacy.
Here are some dos and don’ts to keep your video monitoring software beneficial to every member of the family.
Don’t Use Your Security System to Parent.
With our LED lighting indicator, your children can guess when they are being recorded. The last thing they want to get is a phone call saying, “I saw that!” It’s kind of creepy, Mum and Dad! Resist the urge to check the cameras for things you’ve asked them to do; for example, making sure they ate a proper dinner, or that did their homework and brushed their teeth before bed. Watching your children too much can lead to them feeling uncomfortable and on edge in their own home.
Do Only Check Footage for Security Breaches.
The main priority for your home security cameras are to make sure your kids are safe. Instead of watching their every move, do a quick check-in to make sure your children made it home safely from school. Got a sudden alert? Quickly check to make sure there’s no real threat. And no, that doesn’t always mean rushing home in a panic! With Blink, you quickly receive a push notification alert with a link to the video attached, so you can decide how to respond faster than ever.
Don’t Place Cameras Where You Want to Spy.
Is the camera pointing to the biscuit tin necessary? Consider the places that need video security — the front door or the bedroom window facing the street — and make sure cameras are placed there first. The good thing about Blink is that the software is wireless and boasts a 2-year battery life. If one place isn’t capturing the footage you need, move it to another spot without hassle.
Do Make Sure Everyone Knows How to Use the System.
Blink video security software is portable and operated from an app on your smartphone. Give your kids the independence to watch their bedrooms and playrooms for activity, just like you!