Be alerted if your kids haven’t come home at night
Being the parent of a teenager is stressful enough without you having to lose sleep waiting up for them to get back after a party or evening out. Thanks to smart home technology like Samsung SmartThings, however, the days of sitting at the kitchen table, fuming, and with your best 'what time do you call this?' speech prepared, are over.
Being the parent of a teenager is stressful enough without you having to lose sleep waiting up for them to get back after a party or evening out. Thanks to smart home technology like Samsung SmartThings, however, the days of sitting at the kitchen table, fuming and with your best 'what time do you call this?' speech prepared, are over.
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Instead, you can employ SmartThings sensors that will enable you to go to bed when you want, but be alerted (i.e. woken) by your smartphone if your teenager either comes back after a specified curfew or if they fail to return by a set hour. Or both.
Now, the SmartThings Presence Sensor seems like it might be the best option for this scenario. It alerts the SmartThings Hub when it's in range so the moment your darling walks through the door you'll know. Simple, right? Well…
The thing is, for the Presence Sensor to work in this situation it does rely on your teenage son or daughter having it with them the whole evening. And if you get a call from them ten minutes after they've left saying, “Oh, no! I left the Presence Sensor in my room," you're back to square one.
So instead of that, why not invest in a few SmartThings Multi Sensors instead? These clever little bits of kit can monitor movement, vibration and detect fluctuations in temperature and orientation. So with one of these on your front door (and not that you don't trust your child, but on the back door, too) even the most shoes-in-hand, tippy-toed return home past curfew will send an alert to your smartphone instantly.
Once put in place, the wireless Multi Sensors are child's play to install. Simply download the SmartThings app to your iPhone or Android smartphone and open it up. Your SmartThings Hub will automatically detect the new sensors and guide you through adding them to the home network. Then simply go into the sensors' settings to specify the circumstances in which they should send a text or push notification to your phone. Simple
Concerned you might sleep through a text pinging at 3am? SmartThings can help with that, too. By installing some SmartThings-compatible lightbulbs like Philips Hue in your bedroom you can create something SmartThings users call a 'routine'. Super simple to create, a routine merely chains together SmartThings devices so that one action can trigger any number of others.
So, with a little light tinkering in the SmartThings app's Routines menu, you can ensure that, by triggering the Multi Sensor on the front door after curfew, your precious child will inadvertently turn on the lights in your bedroom, waking you from your slumber.
Or, if you really, want to cover all your bases, you could set the Multi Sensor to trigger a Sonos Multi-Room Wireless Speaker, too, so that it plays an MP3 of your 'what time do you call this?' speech. We think you just levelled up in high-tech parenting.
What you need
- Smart lights – Philips Hue Starter Kit
- Sonos Multi-Room Wireless Speaker
- A good starting point is the Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit which contains the Hub and three sensors to begin your Smart Home transformation.