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Can A Smartwatch Save Your Kid’s Life?

young boy kid getting on the school bus ready to go to school ** Note: Shallow depth of field

A few weeks ago there was an attempted kidnapping in a town just a few miles away from mine. A little unsettling to be sure, but goddess bless all that is holy…the situation had a happy outcome. The 9 year old boy got away because after the kidnapper tossed him in the car, he made a stop in a grocery store parking lot and the boy bailed and ran, then hid behind a dumpster and called home from his Gizmo smart watch.Thankfully, his stepdad answered and the boy made it home safely and all is well, except for that part where the guy who grabbed him got away. I don’t like that part.

So basically, all I know is that I need one of those dang watches for each of my kids, ASAP!

I feel like I need to add a disclaimer: I am the very opposite of a helicopter parent. I’m not generally overly anxious about my kids’ safety and wellbeing because, whelp, they’re kids and they’re going to play hard and get hurt at times, but the odds of them getting kidnapped or something truly terrible and accidental happening are slim. Wasting my time worrying about all the “what-if’s” puts a huge dent in my ability to enjoy the present. Sure, I worry a bit in the back of my head all the time, what mom doesn’t? But I don’t make a career out of it.

So tell me why do I want one of those Gizmo watches so bad?

Here’s the appeal:

  • It answers the problem I have of reaching my kids when they’re off playing at a friend’s house and makes it so I don’t have to call or text another parent to get them home
  • GPS – it has one. Also negating the need for me to call around to my different neighbors to find out where my kids have gone. Lest you think I’m a neglectful mother, we have three or four houses located close together in a row. The kids play outside and run in and out. It’s kind of awesome. It can also be hard to pinpoint where your kid is at any given moment. GPS, problem solved.
  • It’s not a full fledged smart phone. Seems like kids these days are getting tiny, fully functional computers handed to them before they can even tie their shoes. That feels weird to me. I also know how attached I am to my smartphone and I really kind of hate it sometimes. I don’t want my kid to be the same way. Yeah, it’s another case of do what I say and not what I do but whatever, I’m the mom and I reserve the right to be crazy AF about any given issue. With the Gizmo watch there’s no staring at a screen unless they’re actually receiving a call or a text, no potential dirty pictures or weird texting situations with friends, no games, no internet, no social media, and it’s all very specific about who the wearer is allowed to contact so if little Tommy wants to call Grandma and Aunt Sarah 27 times a day, I’m totally fine with that.

Negatives:

  • Mildly expensive and yet another gadget for my kid to lose/break
  • Only available on Verizon, I’d have to switch my service provider to get one. Why are we still doing this with gadget specific providers. It’s the dumbest.
  • ????

That’s all I got.

Do you have a Gizmo watch?

Would you consider getting your kid one?

What age is the right age for a cell phone anyway? I haven’t a clue.

 

Let’s talk.

 

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