The past year and a half have been a struggle for everyone worldwide. For families, it has raised many concerns on how to keep their loved ones protected and out of harm’s way. This isn’t just for COVID-19 either but even in general aspects of life, how can one keep their family safe and secure? While nobody is a superhero, parents are heroes to their children, that’s something that’s their purpose. While the unexpected can happen at any time, it’s best to be prepared for things that could potentially happen. These are several ways that you can keep your family, especially your children protected.
Keep your home secure
Without a doubt, always keep your home safe. Many unexpected events happen at home, mostly when the family is asleep. There are thankfully plenty of ways to keep your whole well protected and secure. This includes locking your doors and windows at night, and motion detector lights. Other ways you can protect your home would be to have a monitored home security system. These systems are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These will go off whenever someone is trying to break into your home. Many households have cameras through their homes too such as in their doorbells or by entrances of doors. These can be an excellent way to catch people in the act and have substantial evidence.
Be cautious with cameras
Even though it was stated above to use security cameras, you’ll need to do some serious research. This includes which one to purchase, how to properly secure it, and the best way to install it. Unfortunately, baby monitors, doorbell cameras, and security cameras are very easy to hack into. So it will take a lot of time and research, or maybe even a professional, to help you secure your network so nobody can spy or interfere with your cameras.
Use the internet and social media wisely
This goes for both the parents and the children. It’s very important to be wise and post online with caution. The internet has made it very easy for hostile individuals to find personal information online. This process is known as doxing. This can happen to anybody and it can happen to anybody online for a variety of reasons (sometimes no reason at all). It’s best to sit down and talk to your family about their online behavior habits. This also includes talking about what’s posted online, especially on social media. It’s important for everyone to know to be cautious with what they’re sharing online and to never share any personal information such as names, date of birth, address, city of residence, or when or where they’ll be going out.
It’s very important to protect your identity and your finances, especially when it comes to being online. Be sure to monitor any unusual changes in your credit, be suspicious of activity that you’re not familiar with in your bank statements. Unfortunately, many families face financial issues due to online phishing, unsecured networks, sketchy websites, as well as scammers. Protecting your finances also includes having a savings account and an emergency fund in case anything happens. Whether it be a natural disaster, laid off of work, expert legal services, or even a medical emergency. It’s very important to have enough money in your account and your fund to help prevent bankruptcy and to keep stability for your family.
Try your best to avoid identity theft
Unfortunately, both children and adults are at risk of facing identity theft. Identity theft can come in many forms such as impersonating someone online, or even doing it offline. When your identity gets compromised, it can ruin your credit, cause you to get into legal trouble, and so much more. It’s very important to discuss with your children to be cautious of the information and photos that they post online. Discuss with them that they should never open emails from people they don’t know, never click on any links or attachments, use complex passwords, never give out login info, never share personal information including social security, and stay away from sketchy-looking websites.
Plan for the future
Apart from protecting your family is to plan what the future has in store. This includes having an emergency fund that is only touched for major emergencies such as an accident, medical-related, natural disaster, or funeral. This also includes being well insured such as your health insurance, insurance on your home, auto insurance, and even life insurance as a parent. Unfortunately, the reality is that anybody can be a victim of an unexpected event. As a parent, you can only do so much to protect your family. But in the end, it’s just very important to stay prepared and to prevent stressful and harmful situations.