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Home Automation for Safer happier kids. There was a time when home automation was considered a grown-up toy. But now more and more home owners are adding automated systems.

Even young families with new homes have this technology and people are now asking what this means for their children. Is it safe? Is it too complicated for them to understand? Is it giving them access to information or appliances that they shouldn’t be using?

These are all good questions. So let’s look at home automation as it relates to our kids.

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Will they be able to control the system?
The answer is overwhelmingly yes. In fact, kids are often more comfortable than their parents.

This generation has grown up with internet access, touch screen computers, video games and smart phones.

They are eager to use new technology and are not intimidated by it. Because home automation is generally driven by touch screens, there is very little danger of activating the wrong item.

Because the screens can be customized, even kids too young to read can see a picture of a light bulb and know that it turns the lights on.

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What parts of home automation do kids really like?
Start with the lights. Kids love to be able to control the lights in their bedroom without getting out of bed. It might even save a trip to their bedroom in the middle of the night if your child has lighting control at their bedside.

Kids love controlling home entertainment. That’s another place passwording comes into play. You can put a special button on the panel for kids video that will make sure they can only access the content that is appropriate to their age.

Even very young children will be able to push a button that plays their favourite video or turns on their game console.

Keeping kids safe
While we tend to worry most about our kids when they are away, the truth is that homes are the second most dangerous place our kids can be. Home automation offers a variety of ways to protect our young ones.

Very young children are naturally curious. You may want to consider alarms that go off when someone opens the doors to the cleaning products or the medicine cabinet.

We have all heard stories of small children tragically getting tangled in the cables from window blinds. Power shades don’t have ropes or cables, and are safely wired with low voltage power at the top of the window.


Some parents feel greater security by being able to check in with the nanny a few times a day. A few internet cameras and the right programming, and this can be easily accomplished.

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Another great comfort feature for kids is the video door phone. We always tell our children not to open the door to strangers. Now they can see who is outside the door before they open it even a bit.

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