Andrew Harmon


 

 

 

 

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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 them safe.

FiLip2

The 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.

BeLuvv Guardian

For 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.

Pocket Finder

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

Some 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.



 

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