As your child enters their teenage years and they hit their age of independence it is important to remember that many of the same lessons continue to apply though parents will have to adapt how they deliver these messages so that they stick and remain useful. Continuing these lessons through the age of 18 is important as children of that age are equally at risk of victimization as those in their younger years. SecuraTrac can help you provide for more freedom and independence as they enter their teen years while also communicating the importance of safety and peace of mind with a SecuraPAL sTrac that provides all of the features of the Guardian with the added ability to make and receive phone calls. All of this in a 2.5 ounce, tiny form factor.
- Always have your children tell you where they are going and when they expect to be back.
- Encourage them to go with a “buddy” as traveling in groups of 2 or more is typically safer.
- Teach them to use adults of authority as friends and to approach them if they need help, when in dangerous situations there is no value in keeping secrets or fear of becoming a tattletale, open communication and honesty are the best options to remain safe.
- Teach your child how and when to dial 911. Take time to explain the importance of calling 911 and what it means. It might even make sense to role play scenarios where it is appropriate for them to call and what the operator will ask and how to answer them.
- Teach your children how to answer the telephone. Help them learn that when they are alone at home they are never to say they alone. So, teach them to state that you are unavailable and have them take a message then hang-up. Ensure that they tell you all phone calls that they take when you are not available as there may be prank or other obscene calls that they find embarrassing and avoid discussing.
- As their mobility increases and they venture farther from home with their friends, knowing how to reach your children and where to go to help them becomes more important. Work with your children to create backup plans should dangerous situations arise. Be sure to cover where to go and wait, who to contact and arrange for a code word to ensure that only authorized adults pick-up your children.
- SecuraPAL Guardian: if your child has a SecuraPAL Guardian, all they have to do should they get lost or find themselves in an unknown neighborhood with friends is push their SOS button and the authorized adults on the account will receive a text message and/or email in 5 – 10 seconds notifying them of the address and that your child needs help quickly.
- LifeTrac MobileProtector: if your child has a LifeTrac MobileProtector, they have two options should they get lost. First, they can simple use 1 of the 4 speed dial buttons to place a call directly to you. The MobileProtector is virtually the same size as the Guardian (a little larger than a matchbox car) and weighs just 2.5 ounces. Second, they can push the SOS button if they get lost or find themselves in a dangerous situation. When pushed, the SOS button functions exactly like the one on the Guardian where authorized adults on the account receive a text message and/or email in 5 – 10 seconds notifying them of the address and that your child needs help quickly.
If you have any questions about how a SecuraPAL (Personal Automated Locator)® can help you or your family, please do not hesitate to call Customer Care directly at 888-973-2872, extension 4 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.