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Home Automation for Kids Safety

Home Automation for kids Safety. Or should we say 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 to help safeguards kids. 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.

Private Customer

Automation: OneTouch AV

Surface: 850m2

Oakville, Ontario
Home Automation for kids friendly remote

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.

The main benefit comes from the customization. As soon as 8 years old press the button Alpha’s Fav, she acutally disabled all the adult channels in the Cable TV box, streaming server, YouTube and every media delivery system in that room. This gives parents true peace of mind.

Privacy and Security
These are two of the most obvious. Motorized window coverings should now be considered standard equipment in the bedroom of any quality home.

When you choose a top of the line product like Crestron®, you can order double shades. The daytime shade will preserve your privacy while allowing a view of the outside.

Put down the blackout blind at night, and you will have total privacy and no street lights or passing headlights to disturb your sleep.

Home Automation for kids privacy blackouts
Motorized Drapery and Shade by OneTouch Automation

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“You can knock out a very complicated system with almost no programming at all – just an iPad or a Web app,” John Clancy, Crestron VP, Residential, in an interview with CE Pro.

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What was done in this home to make it kids safe?

All remotes were customized to disable all the adult channels from all the media sources

Motorized drapery and shades for the Family room and Bedrooms

Lighting control throughout the house

Network management of the entire house

7.1 Surround Sound Theater

Media room with lossless audio – you will feel like you are in a opera house

Audio in every room of the house

iTune, Kaleidescape media server, XM Radio in every room

Outdoor lights along with the Christmas lights were automated

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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