Every year parents look forward to this
day. For better or worse we cherish this moment. The
moment your child wakes up at 7 in the morning, for
undoubtedly for the first time in a few months and gets
dressed, walks out the door and goes back to school. You as
a parent can then do with your time as you wish. No more
text messages, begging for rides to the mall, or giving them
money to go out and waste it on god knows what, or better
yet you get to use the computer uninterrupted and not have
to watch Minecraft YouTube videos for hours at a time.
The same worry all parents have when
sending their young ones off to school is of course their
safety. Both to and from school, and also if the kids are
at home and the parents work, we want to make sure the kids
are doing the things they should be doing and not getting
into any trouble. On top of that I will share with you a
couple of sweet education gadgets your young ones should get
immediately. So let's begin with safety shall we?
Trackers or wearables are a
classification of gadgets that do one thing, track your
target. The target is your child and these trackers can use
either GPS, GSM signals to achieve their main objective. So
let's look at some wearables for your kids to wear and keep
FiLIP 2 is a wrist watch, GPS locator, and cell phone that
works with an accompanying iOS or Android application. Its
modern, light-weight, water-resistant design makes it a top
choice in the children’s wearables market. The FiLIP 2
features a kid-friendly band. It can be worn open or closed
and adjusted with spacers to remain comfortable as your
child gets bigger. Also allows for two-way text messaging,
no other device allows that. Downside is that it is very
expensive at $199.99 plus $10 a month for phone service.
One ringtone and only stores 5 numbers.
parents who want a lower-cost alternative to GPS, a
Bluetooth device like the BeLUvv Guardian is a great option.
The device is paired with an iOS/Android application that
allows you to track your child within a 20-45 meter radius
while at the playground or mall. The application also allows
you to invite others to “co-guard” your child. Now this is
the most economical choice but it is also the least
practical. Sure it uses Bluetooth so battery life is great
however the range is minimal. Great if you need to have
this on while out at a park or ballgame but tracking is out
of the question.
This device uses GSM and GPS, and is a
great choice for those searching for an extremely rugged
location device that can be worn on the wrist or dropped in
a backpack or pocket. If your child is prone to removing or
breaking wearables, the Pocket Finder is about as
accident-proof as wearables come. The PocketFinder features
a unique “tap alert,” which allows children to send an SOS
message by tapping the device three times on hard surface,
as well as an accelerometer that alerts parents when a
pre-set speed is exceeded.
PocketFinder is an excellent choice for
those who travel abroad. They offer both a domestic (United
States, Canada and Mexico) monthly service plan for $12.95,
as well as an international plan for $29.95. If you know you
are going on vacation, you can choose to modify your plan
for as little as a week at a pro-rated cost. PocketFinder
also boasts a battery life of up to four days.
Those were some choices when it comes to
wearables or tracking devices for your kids. There are a
lot more and I implore you to do your research and find the
best option that fits what you are looking for. Now we take
a look at a few educational gadgets for your kids to check
out for school.
Netatmo Welcome Camera
The Welcome Camera from Netatmo is a
Wi-Fi home-monitoring camera that plugs into a wall outlet
and keeps tabs on who's coming and going. It can also do
facial recognition and can learn your family, then you can
get notified on your Android or iOS device when the kids get
home. It will also let you know whether they've brought a
friend home with them, as Welcome notifies you when there's
an unknown person in the house. All of this will give you
great peace of mind when you aren't home but your kids are.
HP Pavilion 10x2
schools allow you to bring in a laptop or tablet to help
with the kids in their classes, so why not bring in both.
You can easily transform this hybrid device from laptop to
tablet and the price won't kill you either. Plus for some
kids choices are an option of colors like red and purple.
For $329 you can't go wrong with this great device.
Aspire E Series
For those of you with the computer geek
in the house who won't sacrifice both power and performance
I bring to you the Aspire E Series. $649 E5-573G-56RG has a
Nvidia GeForce 940M graphics card, plus lots of options for
memory and storage. It runs the latest Intel Core processor
which allows for better gaming and video playback.
Available in 14-inch, 15.6-inch of 17.3-inch display. The
one down side is if the kids can bring this to school it can
be a bit clunky and bulky to carry around but of course you
have options for that as well.
As I said before these are merely options
and there are plenty more out in the interverse. Check for
the gadget that best fits what you are looking for and do
your research and double check to make sure it will work for
you and in your area. Price is always a factor as well as
you don't need to break the bank to get the best quality.
Whichever way you go you are going to be in good hands this
school year with the knowledge of having your kids safe and
helping them with their school work.