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August 05, 2019

Backt to School

August may be Back to School Month, but it’s still feeling like summer in most of the country with high temperatures, fun vacations, and plenty of time spent outdoors.

Depending on the ages of your children or grandchildren, back-to-school month means different things to different people. For college kids, it’s shopping for dorm room essentials and coordinating with roommates for the year ahead. For high-schoolers, it’s getting back into a new school routine, and starting up fall sports practices in prep for the year. For the younger set, they’re still enjoying summer day by day, and living their best lives.

For the parents, it’s part vacation time, and part school prep time! School supply lists, computers and related educational programs, summer work, and scheduling are what come to mind in August for most parents of school-aged children.

This month’s issue will cover some essential planning tools and safety checklists for the kids in your life. No matter the age or educational level of your children, savor these last days of summer, and enjoy getting in sync on the upcoming year.


Checklist

Back to School Checklist & Safety

Getting ready for back-to-school time isn’t just about school supplies. The reality is, new school year routines take a while for everyone in the family to adapt, but if you do some planning beforehand, it makes for a much better school year kick-off. Here are a few simple ways you can prepare now:

Campus Safety
With thousands of students living in such close proximity, there are simple safety precautions all students can put in to practice to reduce incidents. Talk to your child this month about the importance of campus and off-campus safety precautions they can take to be safe at school.


Privacy Settings

Better Online Behaviors Start at Home

As we look toward the new school year, it’s always a good idea to stay on top of recommended child safety precautions. Following are some ways you can keep your child safe both on and offline:

  1. Require Kids to Share all Passwords to Email and Social Media Sites With You. For smaller children, this is a must. For older teens, it’s a good idea to have all passwords to let them know you’re in charge and that you CAN access their accounts at any time. Just knowing Mom or Dad can check out your activity, will make kids think twice before saying or sharing something online. Outline punishments for breaking these rules and stick to them.
  2. Educate Yourself on Online Safety Software. For small children there are resources now to filter web searches and other online material. Learn how to block certain types of sites, and how to choose and install effective parent control software.
  3. Limit Online Access. Changing the family WiFi password to minimize access to the Internet and only giving it out when children have earned it is a great way to set limits.
  4. Keep Personal Info Private. Be sure to talk to your kids about what NOT to share. Let them know that sharing personal information or revealing photos – especially with someone whom they’ve never met – is critical to maintaining privacy and personal safety.
  5. Be Sure All Filters Are Set to the Highest Level. Limit what types of photos and information can be posted, and be sure all privacy filters on Facebook and others social sites are set to the highest setting. Make sure they know how to maintain the highest security setting for everything they post.
  6. Have Zero Tolerance for Bullying. Talk to your kids openly and often about the effects of bullying others. Advise them against cyber bullying, or targeting another person online, or even commenting below a nasty post written by someone else. Let your child know they should always tell someone if a bully has targeted them or another child because it’s not acceptable behavior on any level.
  7. No Devices in the Bedroom at Night. Restrict use at night, and disallow access until morning. Studies show that cyber bullying spikes at night, as does video game play, texting, and social media activity. Usage of any technology device at night also interrupts sleep patterns and reduces the amount of time that kids are sleeping, leaving them deprived and tired the next day.
  8. Be a Good Role Model. Minimize your own time on the Internet, don’t bring smartphones to the dinner table, turn off your ringer when having family time, and always arm your wireless security system whether you’re at home or away from it.

Parents know it’s important to be vigilant these days. By enforcing stricter online safety measures, you are helping your child take smarter safety measures.


Home Automation

Monthly Safety Tip: Smart Home Automation

LifeShield is a Security System with smarts. We can make your life easier with Smart Home Automation. All you need to do is connect your compatible smart home devices and voice assistants (like Alexa and Google Assistant) for complete home control.

LifeShield is also compatible with all devices that work with IFTTT like Philipps Hue, nest, Lutron, Sonos and even smart vacuums like iRobot. Get secure mobile access to your LifeShield home security system and control your smart home from your mobile device.

You can help make sure your home is safe and sound from anywhere with the free LifeShield Mobile App. From arming your system to shutting off your smart lights, with LifeShield you’re always in control.

For additional help on understanding LifeShield’s smart home automation capabilities, call 877-464-7437 or email support@lifeshield.com.


LifeShield HD Video Doorbell

The Forecast Looks Hot!
LifeShield Receives a Welcome Response to Its New HD Video Doorbell

With July’s introduction of LifeShield’s new HD Video Doorbell, we are thrilled with the positive responses we’ve received. Customers continue to reach out to let us know how easy installation was and how happy they are to add this to their LifeShield whole home security system.

In addition to the total security that LifeShield provides, the HD video doorbell lets people see who is at the door, talk to visitors, and stream live video to check in on your home from anywhere.

Additional benefits include:

Call today to learn more about this new offering from LifeShield, and see how easy it is to set up for added home protection.


Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer.

Officially, though, this holiday is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers in contributing to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Enjoy some time off this Labor Day Weekend with a fun stay-cation (a stay-at-home vacation!), some good food, and plenty of loved ones around you.

Enjoy your last lazy days of summer and stay safe!