My favorite mom puts her stamp of approval on the latest ways to keep track of your kids. Heather has her hands full with two active boys and knows what works for her family when it comes to reigning in active kids and putting her mind at ease in today’s world. She was an early adopter with one of the following technologies to keep your kids safe and is still a big fan of it.
Check out my 4 ways to keep you child safe this summer below:
Filip 2 Smartwatch for kids ($100)
Parents put in up to 5 phone numbers that can make and receive voice calls to the Filip Smartwatch
Set safezones also known as geofences. When child leaves safe area, it alerts mom or dad
smart locator uses GPS and wifi to track kids
Emergency button: Press red panic button on side for 4 seconds to activate
Mommy Heather likes that it lets her feel more comfortable to allow her older boy to explore the neighborhood.
This same smart mom also said this after using the original Filip & newer Filip 2, “It has phone and GPS capability without any web browsing Internet. Also no camera which I really like. I’m also a fan of OpenDNS which is able to block all inappropriate content, from entering our browser in our house. And of course the Apple family sharing have been great. I can approve all purchases and see all incoming and outgoing emails.”
Pros: Filip smartwatch dominates the market and company offers great support
Cons: watches can be removed by child or someone without good intentions
SmartFeed app originated as a kickstarter idea from launch and success.
It was made to give parents ultimate control over what their little ones see on digital devices filtering out bad content.
It is easy for parents to customize what their kids can and cannot see which can be changed by mom or dad anytime.
SmartFeed has a unique feature that pushes approved kid-friendly games and content to their tablet.
Jiobit Smart Tag GPS tracker ($129.99 and $5.99/mo data)
I wondered for some time when some innovator would smart enough to make a small, lightweight GPS location tracker that kids would not remove that was also affordable. I kept thinking if someone could repurpose the department store security tags clamped to clothing and add data tracking, they’d have it.
Here it is, but a lot less annoying than store tags. Jiobit Smart Tag goes a few steps further. What I really love is that its got long battery life that you recharge once a week. It pings my app letting me know when to charge and knows to notify me when something unusual happens such as my child straying from normal routine between home and school. That intelligence of knowing what is a potentially dangerous unexpected location makes the difference.
Winning features include the alerts when your kid wonders too far away from the family with its virtual safety harness and I love the fact that it alerts me when I forgot to remove it before washing.
Where to attach it? Belt loops or waistband of pants, skirt, shorts and laces of shoe. And yes, you can also attach Jiobit it to a dog collar!
The dimensions are doable. 1.9″ x 1.5″ x 1/2″ Small enough not to irritate kids, and large enough that little ones won’t swallow it.
I really like the leadership of Jiobit. The CEO John Renaldi has a background at Motorola Mobility (remember Google bought that division) and has surrounded himself with a solid team since starting on his own in October 2015 in Chicago.
Amby Tracking Watch for kids: ($99-129)
- Parents can track kids, send texts to their watch, monitor kids physical activity
- Get it here
Additionally, know what your kids look at online and find the right parental settings:
- Instructions for setting parental controls for Apple products here
- Instructions for setting parental controls for Windows here
(updated Aug 29, 2017)