Important Security Technology Every Parent Should Know

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The Covid-19 pandemic coupled with increasing violence and aggression on school properties has left parents with worries and unanswered questions about their child’s safety while at school. Fortunately, technology has stepped up to the challenge with new security systems for schools to afford parents and school administrators more peace of mind.

Poor security or a lack of security contributes to an unsafe learning environment. Parents should be aware that security technologies are available, and schools should be encouraged to integrate them into physical properties and daily activities.

During the pandemic, schools went online, so much security discussion and efforts were dedicated to online safety, but now that school has reopened and violent acts have returned, basic school property safety cannot be neglected or underestimated.

New Security Technologies

Parents rightly need to know what happens at school during the day. Doubts, superficial security measures, and sporadic communication can contribute to the erosion of trust that parents place in school administrators and educators. Hence schools need to implement new security measures that advancements in technology have enabled. 

Parents need to know what systems are available and should actively encourage school boards to adopt new technologies and implement safety protocols. Here are several technologies already in use.

Access Control and Smart Door Systems

School buildings and properties need locks to discourage intruders. Safety locks should not only be easy to install but easy to use and feature safety characteristics. Wireless door lock systems that permit lockdown capabilities remotely from authorized devices are one option in the event a lockdown should prove necessary. 

School security door locks also permit schools to better control access to specific areas like storage closets or offices that should only be accessed by authorized personnel. This can be a vital instrument in protecting expensive science laboratories or computer equipment or specific school property from intrusion, theft, and vandalism. Smart lock technology can integrate access and exit logs in the event auditing becomes necessary.

Access control systems use a variety of methods including biometric recognition, school ID cards that double as access key cards, tablets, smartphones, and wearable electronic devices. Access points should not be left without specific security protocols.

Security Video Management

Schools need CCTV management for all buildings and grounds. This technology is not intended as a surveillance tool but proves especially useful when visitors are present on school properties. Using school cameras can help detect suspicious behavior which allows for these incidents to be dealt with quickly and discreetly. A CCTV system will reduce response time and increase a child’s safety.

All movements by staff, students, or visitors should allow for video monitoring in the event of an emergency, whether a fire or lockdown. In this way, emergency personnel, law enforcement, and fire authorities will be facilitated in protecting and saving lives.

Playground, Sport, and Perimeter Security

School safety is not limited to school buildings. Recess or physical education often requires activity outdoors on school properties. All school property should benefit from new security technologies and video security management. Perimeter alarms with lighting, lighting sensors, sirens, and direct contact with law enforcement are all measures that can protect school property and students.

The installation of sensors on access points like doors and windows will alert authorities to potential problems. These can be integrated with infrared and vibration sensors if deemed necessary. More importantly, the perimeter control of buildings and properties can be integrated with CCTV and access control systems through remote cloud management. In this way, school administrators, law enforcement, emergency personnel, and security personnel can manage collaboratively from a single platform any emergency or perceived danger that arises.

Visitor Management Systems 

Schools often have visitors, from parents with potential new students to guests or professional maintenance teams. Visitor management becomes vital for several reasons: 

  •  To keep visitors in specifically designated school areas 
  • To allow entry based only on credentials and credible motivation for presence on school property
  • To ensure visitors should be accompanied by the school or security personnel when on school property

Visitor management systems also will record who comes into the school and when they leave.

Fire Detection and Alarms

Fire detection systems need to include not only traditional manual pull stations but electronic sensors that immediately alert professional fire personnel and induce school personnel to evacuate school buildings and property. This will speed up intervention and place children out of harm’s way more rapidly.

Other Technological Security and Safety Support Systems

Depending on the age and location of your child’s school, there are other technological instruments that can be integrated to further ensure safety and significantly reduce risks. These include:

  • Panic buttons strategically placed
  • Automatic lockdown protocols from mobile devices 
  • Gunshot and gun detection sensors 

While gun and metal detection are preventative to ensure weapons do not enter a school zone, the installation of panic buttons and mobile device lockdown capabilities are reactive in the event of need. These also, when connected directly with law enforcement and emergency workers, result in rapid response to crisis situations.

Safety Above All

Security can be emotional for parents and educational professionals. Schools need to cater to a positive child-friendly learning environment, but this can no longer leave security considerations out of the formula for achieving one. Security technologies offer parents and educators the possibility to increase safety protocols ten-fold while remaining unobtrusive during daily learning activities.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Sandra
Sandra
6 months ago

Technology truly made our lives better and safer. I read on that a lot in Google. Thanks for sharing!

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4 months ago

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Emily Elizabeth
4 months ago

I just read your article you well explain about the security technology. Schools need CCTV management for all buildings and grounds. CCTV surveillance cameras​​​​​​​ are most effective way to secure your school places from criminal attacks. It is very important to install security camera at right place otherwise you may lose important evidences. Make sure nothing is blocking the camera line of sight.

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One of the most important security technologies that every parent should know is the technology that’s in your home. The internet of things (IoT) has become a reality and it’s not just about IoT devices being connected to the internet. It’s also about IoT devices being able to connect with other IoT devices, which will then allow for a smart home environment.It’s important for parents to be aware of what these devices are, how they work and how they can get hacked.

Lucas Henry
3 months ago

Thank you for sharing such great thoughts.

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2 months ago

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