Top Tech Trends for Going Back to School in 2016
The time to head back to school is coming around fast — faster than the kids wish! — and parents should know about the latest tech trends for the home and the classroom that’ll help make this school year better than ever. As you hunt for deals and try to keep up with all the latest gadgets that other parents are raving about, keep these trends in mind to help you make the smartest, most up-to-date choices.
Better safety at home
With our busy modern lives, there can’t always be an adult around the house, and kids may have to take care of themselves for a few hours after school. Thankfully, smart locks and indoor cameras can let you know when your kids get home and what they’re doing. By giving a specific entry code to each of your children, you can know who opens the door at what time. You’ll get a notice on your smartphone when they arrive and then check on them using your indoor cameras. Are they doing homework, eating a snack or watching TV?
You can also use motion sensors to keep an eye on which cabinets and doors they open inside the house. Easy to install and program, these sensors let you know what your children are up to without you having to check on a camera. Are they opening the liquor cabinet or the door to the garage? What about the medicine cabinet? Plus, if you have smart locks on inside doors, you can keep some of them locked until you come home or open them from a distance at the request of your children.
With smart home automation technology, it’s much easier to ensure the safety of your children while you’re finishing work or stuck in traffic. Smart alerts pop up on your smartphone when you need to know something, and Wi-Fi access lets you lock and unlock doors and check on cameras as needed, as long as you have access to the internet.
Promoting good habits
It can sometimes be hard for children to remember to do tasks you’ve assigned them, especially when they’re first getting back to school. With smart home technology like Vivint’s Ping camera, you can check in on the kiddos to make sure they’ve brushed their teeth, made the bed or picked up the toys in the play room. If they haven’t completed their to-dos, a home automation system with two-way voice communication will let you talk to them from wherever you are in your home and remind them to get things done.
Schools are increasingly using tablets and computers to promote learning. Whether it’s the upcoming educational games or interactive books, technology is enabling a richer learning experience for children and teenagers.
If your school expects your child to do homework or read on a tablet, make sure the apps they use at school can be installed on the tablets you have at home. Familiarize yourself with the apps and activities your child does on their devices so you can keep an eye on their progress, and look for sales during the back-to-school season if you need to update.
Life today is busy, and we’re all looking for new ways to make things easy and streamline our day-to-day routines. Integrating new technologies into your life can help your kids head back to school more safely and make your life more convenient as well.
Contact Vivint to learn about smart home technology that can help make this school year easier than ever.