Lifestyle,  Parenting

Have you ever lost your kid? {Review: Polaroid Moji GPS Tracker watch}

If you’re anything like me, you’re a bit of a paranoid freak when it comes to your kids! Not only do I have THE POOL INCIDENT that has me so anxious, but I also want to know where my kids are all the time. Who has eyes on them at sports when I am not around? 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. To put it into perspective, 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.

Polaroid Moji GPS Watch Tracker

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.

Additional features:

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.

These cons for the Polaroid Moji Kids GPS Tracker watch are really insignificant in the grand scheme of things. I picked this watch up at Makro for R399 (on sale), which for peace of mind….is nothing! Does your kid have a GPS tracker watch? Would you consider getting one now if you don’t own one?

Polaroid Moji Watch review
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I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife, chocoholic and makeup lover! This is my little spot to talk about anything and everything I’m obsessed with.

10 Comments

  • Caroline

    Hey, I had similar feelings of ‘what if my kids walk out of the school grounds…etc’… So I bought the same watches for my kids… the School won’t allow my kids to wear them as the watch has a phone built in, so I must get my 5yo & 7yo to drop their watch off at the office in the morning and collect again after school…. never worked! So now they don’t get used at all 🙁

    On a side note I have added both my kids watch sim numbers onto my Vodacom app so that I can see their balances… if you are not with vodacom maybe your provider has a similar function to “link” other numbers to your profile?

    • Simone

      That sucks! And if you comply with ‘muting’ the watch during school hours? Really sucks!

      Thanks so much for the info on the sim cards and the Vodacom app, that is very helpful! My husband is with Vodacom.

      • Caroline

        I know right!?!… I tried to tell them that I have muted the watch for School hours and that kids have been instructed to only call me after school from the watch and to go to the office during school hours… but they started the whole… even the grade 7’s have to do the same and if we allow one kid then we have to allow for all… blah blah blah… you know that story.

        Really annoying since I see other kids with some that look more like watches and less like phone’s or trackers (much more expensive) and they have no problems. My son has even pointed it out me that other kids have those watches… Maybe I’ll try my luck again this year and see what happens… different teacher may be more tolerant and less of a tattle tale??

  • Donna

    Lol I’m like you. A bit of a paranoid freak mom, to the point where I have on occasion irritated people and even offended but I don’t care. As a mom its my job and my God given right to make sure that my kids are safe. Egos can be repaired but my kids cannot be replaced. I will definitely look at getting two of these watches so that I have some peace of mind.

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