Back-to-school time is almost upon us. Kids dread the thought of returning to their academic routine, and parents must prepare themselves for the hectic mornings of bagged lunches and bus rides. But there is a way to soothe the back-to-school blues.   Smart home tech can help make the back-to-school routine simpler for everyone. Here’s how: 

1. Use smart cameras to keep an eye on your kids 

Kids’ schedules have never been so busy—and you are too! But using a smart camera can help you keep in touch with your kids and make sure they’re safe and sound even when you can’t be home with them.  

For example, the Arlo Q Plus 1080p HD Security Camera has 1080p HD video and 2-way audio. Are you away at work, but you know that the kid’s bus should be dropping them off around 3:30? Check in on your smart camera at that time to make sure they arrived home safely from school.  

You can double down on smart security and make your kids feel extra safe by also installing a smart doorbell, like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. This smart device lets them see, hear, and speak with visitors at the door in HD video for day or night. Are they expecting a friend to come over after school? They can check the feed and make sure the sound at the door is truly their friend before opening up—and you can receive notifications on your phone every time someone’s at the door.  

2. Smart locks let your kids go key-free 

If your kids are getting home after school without you, then you have two options: Hope they don’t lose their set of keys, or risking leaving a spare in an insecure place, like under the doormat or in a flower pot.  

But with a smart lock, you can be sure that your home is always secure and that your kids can enter key-free. 

Consider the Schlage Touchscreen Z-Wave Smart Deadbolt Lock. With the capacity to store up to thirty unique user codes, you can receive notifications on your phone instantly when your kids get home from school—and you never have to worry about them losing their keys and getting locked out alone. Plus, with a fingerprint-resistant screen, this smart lock protects itself against would-be intruders trying to guess the combination.  

3. Monitor your kids’ energy usage with smart switches  

Smart cameras and smart locks let you know that your kids made it home from school and that they’re safe in the house. But wouldn’t it be great if you could make sure that they’re doing their homework and not spending the whole afternoon playing videogames?  

Smart home tech may not be able to guarantee they’re hitting the books, but it can help you monitor how much energy your kids are using.  

With the Aeotec Z-Wave Plus Plug-In Outlet Module, you can assume wireless control over any device that’s plugged into it. This means you can turn the device on and off remotely with your smartphone or set it to function on an automated schedule.  

Want your kids to quite the videogames by 4:30? Connect your smart plug to their gaming console, and then program it to automatically power down at that time. This smart switch also has built-in energy-monitoring, so you can program it to turn itself off after it has reached a certain amount of energy usage.  

Back to school is a hectic time, and even though you can’t be with your kids all day long, you want to ensure their safety while they’re home without you.  

To prepare for the back-to-school season, grab all the smart tech you need to make sure your kids are okay from Z-Wave.