The summer is almost over and millions of kids are preparing to return back to school. A lot of kids will be latchkey kids due to them entering middle or high school. The fear of accidents or intruders is at the top of the fear list for most parents.
In order to provide a piece of mind, we have provided our top 5 gadgets for latchkey kids. The key to these amazing gadgets is that they are all priced between 7$ to 200$ for parents that are on a budget.
1. All in One Security Devices for Latchkey Kids
If your child is staying home alone, then ensuring their safety and comfort at the house is paramount. The Canary is not only a security system but also a home health technology system. The Canary has 1080 HD and also records in high definition during the night. The built in home health technology allows you to monitor the air quality, temperature, and humidity in the house. This comes in handy if you have a latchkey kid that loves to blast the AC while you are at work. Canary sends instant video alerts to you smartphone.
2. Home Security Cameras with Analytics
The Butterfleye home security camera is the hottest camera on the market. What sets it apart is that it includes an analytics overlay built within the camera. For example, the camera is able to distinguish between a dog barking and an actual intruder in the house. It runs ongoing analytic reports to pick up normal every day sounds in your house in order to distinguish between sounds that are abnormal. The butterfleye has several different subscription plans that allows you to record 24 hours a day to their cloud based service.
The Butterfleye is the perfect set up for latchkey kids that spends most of the time in the living room or basement. The camera can be set up at a specific location due to it small size to monitor an entire room in HD.
3. Wifi Protection for Latchkey Kids
When latchkey kids get home the first destination is wifi. Priority number 2 after physical safety is online safety. The Torch Router allows parents full control over the internet from their smartphones. You can block inappropriate sites in real time and also view browsing history in real time. In this podcast interview founder Shelley Prevost describes the benefits to parents for using Torch.
4. Smart Touchscreen Door Locks
If you don’t want the hassle of having to worry about your latchkey child loosing their keys, then Smart Locks are the perfect solution. Kids can enter a 4 digit code to access the home. The Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt is the top rated smart lock on the market. It is easily compatible with your home monitoring system and has it’s own built in alarm with movement detection to notify you if someone is trying to enter the house.
5. Hidden Key Holder
How many times have your received that call from your child that he or she is locked out of the house due to them forgetting their keys at school? A Hidden Key holder maybe the perfect solution. This Key Holder looks just like a rock. It can be easily hidden in the grass or behind foundation shrubs. You can even hide it in plain site so that your child can remember the location.
If you can think of any other products to add to the list then please list them in the comment section below.