When my seven year old daughter became the youngest cast member of the local musical production “Annie” I was a little concerned sending her to play practice, on her own, for several hours at a time. Did I mention she’s seven? How would we stay in contact with her? When would we know play practice was over and to come and pick her up? The mountain of questions and unknown questions worried my mama heart.
Around the same time of our daughter starting play practice, my husband and I went to our local Verizon Wireless store. We were looking at the old flip-phones, you know- the phones your grandparents might still own. My fingers traced over the cell phone demos and I thought, is she even old enough to have a phone? Are we spoiling her? I didn’t have a cell phone until I went to college! Yet, we live in a fast paced world. A cell phone means I would always know where my daughter is- that’s not a bad thing!
A Verizon sales member answered our questions and then directed our attention to the GizmoPal2.
We discovered the device itself is pricey $79.99 but the monthly cost of $5.00 is completely doable! For more details and information from Verizon Wireless head here. After speaking to the sales member we ended up purchasing the GizmoPal2 at a discount (watch for deals my friends!). My daughter and occasionally my son have used the Gizmo for several months. During the months of continuous use, we have a pretty good list of the things we do and don’t like about the GizmoPal2.
- Kid-friendly. IE: Splash proof, wear like a watch, fun colors, makes silly sounds and flashes fun colors when in use. Comes with two stickers as a screen protector. Longevity battery- I charge it once a week? It’s awesome.
- Child feels big, has their independence and yet, mama can keep an eye out.
- Compatible app is password protected. GPS locates the child by street. Texting notifications or updates from the GizmoPal to parent’s cell phone.
- The ability to send and receive phone calls from four numbers. The Gizmopal2 is a phone but it is limited by the parent (through the app) and is able to call four approved people.
- The GizmoPal2 has the ability to force the watch to take a phone call after four rings.
- Through the app- the parent can put a time frame on the GizmoPal2 when the device is on quiet mode particularly beneficial if worn to school.
- GPS- Always knowing where my daughter is- huge plus!
- Capability to limit or set digital parameters so child doesn’t leave the digitally-set neighborhood without notifying the child and the parent.
Cons of the Smart Watch:
- The APP can be slow. Locating children through GPS takes awhile, and awhile I mean quite awhile. In a time of panic, the delayed locating capability is frustrating.
- You can only turn on the watch by pressing on one of the buttons- kind of annoying.
- The phone call is only on speaker phone. No privacy in phone calls this is especially a con if the child needs to be quiet.
- Cosmetic complaint… only the two colored bands to choose from: blue and pink. You can buy different band colors but those are $35 a piece- expensive! So yes, my little boy wears the pink band and still thinks he’s pretty cool.
- The Gizmopal2 is only available through Verizon.
- The cost of the GizmoPal2 is expensive, and it would be nice to have texting capabilities, but that’s also why most upgrade to the Gizmogadget that can accept calls from ten numbers as well as text.
Our family loves the GizmoPal2 and we’re grateful we purchased this smart watch. I can send my daughter to play practice and her performances knowing exactly where she is and she can get a hold of me right away.
In August of 2016, in the heart of Utah a nine-year old boy used his Gizmo watch to call his parents after he escaped an alleged kidnapping incident. A mother’s worst fear is sending her children outside to play with friends and fearing that child would never return. Thanks to the GizmoPal2- he not only escaped, but called his parents, and then through the GPS was shortly found by the police. This story here is worst case scenario, I know that. Unfortunately these kidnapping fears are real and having purchased our own Smartwatch for my children gives me a small piece of mind.
I would highly suggest this Smartwatch if you have kids involved in after school programs, or attending sporting events on their own. The initial $79.99 price of the Smartwatch is worth the $5.00 monthly fee to give our seven year old independence and safety. Children grow up and I recognize this, but sending our kids out into the scary world with a little more protection can ease any mama heart.
Be safe out there,