If you’re anything like me, you’re a bit of a paranoid freak when it comes to your kids. I want to know where my kids are all the time, who has eyes on them? Some days I wonder….what if they wondered off school property and I have absolutely no idea???? One day last year, I randomly called home at about 4pm and this was the conversation:
Me: Hey mom. How did Addison say her test went?
Mom: She’s not home yet.
Me: *I literally stopped breathing *
Also me: *trying to be calm* What do you mean she’s not home yet? Didn’t you pick her up at 2pm?
Mom: No I thought XYZ was dropping her at home.
Me: What the heck (PG version) do you mean? You were supposed to pick her up! GO AND FIND HER!
I then spent half an hour calling any school mom I knew to find out if on some off chance, they were still at school and spotted her. I cried my eyes out, whilst randomly electrocuting my heart to bring me back to life….because I swear I almost died that day. I am 30kms away from home and I had no car. My husband was out of town. None of the moms were still at school. I also found out that there was no sports, so she’d in fact been alone for an additional hour…3hrs, not 2. I have never felt more helpless in my life.
Thankfully, after what felt like hours…my mother found her. She was a little stressed, but she waited safely at school, at the tuckshop where there were adults. She’d even started homework already. Poor kid. I still have horrible guilt about the fact that she must have felt abandoned for a few hours, though she honestly moved on in 5 minutes.
Primary school kids are not allowed cellphones, which I understand, but I was always wishing for a way to be able to keep tabs on my child/children. Enter the Polaroid Moji Kids GPS Tracker watch. I actually bought this watch about 6 months ago, but with all the admin that comes with a GPS tracker watch, I was not feeling motivated enough to get it operational. Then I saw Venean over at In The Meantime did a post on a similar type of watch and I messaged my husband and said: Please get that watch out of the box and onto Addison’s arm!!
What is the Polaroid Moji Kids GPS Tracker Watch?
It’s basically a GPS tracker, in a watch form, for our kids. It uses GPS, AGPS and LBS triple positioning location for an accurate position.
Can I use it to contact my kid and vice versa?
So unlike a cellphone, these watches are allowed at school and you can definitely contact your kid! After setting up SOS/Family number, Contacts, Telephone numbers in the app, kids can only receive calls from the specified numbers. No unknown numbers or random strangers are able to contact your kid. The child can press ‘Call’ to call you and then send you a voice message. I can also in turn either text her a message or send a voice note back.
Just a word of caution, do not send your child voice notes during school hours, or the watch will beep and your child could potentially get into trouble. To combat this situation, there’s a setting in the app where you can actually set the hours the child may not be disturbed. I think that’s a nifty feature in case you forget about the time and send a random message.
How do I actually check on my child and track him/her?
You have to download an app and in there you’ll be able to oversee everything. The child’s location, chat history, everything is there at a glance.
Message Alert / Alarm
The parent will receive a message on their phone for the following reasons:
a. Low-voltage reminder
b. SOS reminder
c. When watch is taken off
The last cool feature is that you’re able to locate the watch if you can’t find it and also I assume if your child is out of sight. You send a command and the watch will ring for a minute so you can locate it.
Cons (as provided by my husband who actually deals with the admin of the watch)
- The battery life is pretty crappy. It needs to be charged daily, which is something we forget to do, in which case she then ends up without the watch every odd day. The odd day usually being a day when I really need to know if she’s okay. *sigh* Thankfully she’s in a really safe school and for the most part, I don’t need to be tracking her daily.
- You need to ensure there’s data/airtime on the SIM card or it won’t be functional. I wish there was a way to check the airtime/data balance so you know when you need to replenish. Also I’d like an estimate of how much airtime or data the watch need for a week. We loaded data onto it when we bought it, but nothing since then. So that is one thing we need to check regularly. I assume to check the data, I need to remove the SIM and insert it into a phone to do a balance enquiry.
- The 4 tiny screws you need to remove to get the SIM card into the watch are a pain apparently. He says they are easy too lose. Also you need to be careful when inserting the SIM as it could damage the wiring of the watch.