With a little planning ahead of time, you can stay safe and connected after school and while you travel. Check out these technology tips from Kevin Pierce, father and tech expert at Verizon in Oklahoma City, that will help you have peace of mind when all is well and allow you to act quickly when it’s not.
Top 5 tech devices, apps or accessories to keep your family safe on-the-go:
Technology connects with the touch of a button. Valuable information like locations and tracking will give parents that extra set of eyes when you are in unfamiliar environments. As a father, being able to use technology as a tool has given me peace of mind when we’re on-the-go and allowed me to be a more relaxed parent. I can allow my children to roam freely while at the beach or playing outside after school, but still feel safe knowing where they are and how to contact them if needed. I’m excited to share some of my favorite apps and accessories to keep your families safe while you’re out and about.
- LG GizmoGadget™
On average, a child gets his or her first smartphone at 10 years old, according to a recent study. But if your child isn’t ready for a smartphone, the GizmoGadget is the perfect choice for them. This device is a wearable tracker that acts like a smart watch. The GizmoGadget is great for keeping track of kids’ locations in busy theme parks, at the pool or during after school activities. With the GizmoHub™ app† on your smartphone, you can locate your child on a map and even speak with them. The GizmoGadget acts like a smart watch, allowing kids to receive and make calls to a limited contact list just by touching a button. The GizmoGadget has long-lasting battery life and is water-resistant, so it can keep going as long as they can.
- Bracketron Mi-T Grip Vent Mount
The Bracketron Mi-T Grip Vent Mount mobile device holder is a handy accessory for car time and will help keep your hands off that phone. Unlike many other car mounts that attach to the windshield, dashboard or floor, this mount attaches to the vent louvers in your car. It's great to have on-board when you're on the road and need help with navigation. It works with horizontal or vertical air vent louvers and allows for one-handed operation with full access to all device controls. Your device will be held in view and not in your hand, minimizing distractions while driving and keeping your family safe.
The !Emergency! app equips you and your family with the most important numbers while traveling, particularly when traveling abroad. The app will provide the emergency contact numbers of the country you are in and automatically dial the correct number should you need it. Many countries have a different number for the police, fire department and medical services, and the !Emergency! app will give you access to the urgent help you need in those critical moments.
- Hum x
Going back to school often means more traffic on the roads. Be sure you take control of the road with the Humx device. This duo includes an app and car device that tracks vehicle location, vehicle diagnostics and connects you with emergency assistance. Humx also provides Wifi connection for up to 10 devices so you can stream videos and content without using data. Know what’s happening under the hood with maintenance alerts and notifications. If you have teenagers who are driving themselves or others around after school, Humx will be your extra pair of eyes. Set maximum speeds and GPS barriers that alert you if your teen is somewhere they shouldn’t be. You can feel secure knowing your loved ones are safe on the road.
- Safeture App
Safeture is a personal safety and early travel warning solution that provides real-time status on warnings, alerts and localized security information wherever you are. While you’re out and about, Safeture lets you alert your friends and family, and give them a real-time trail of your movements, whether you are running errands or the kids are heading home after school. Share your position, get local alerts and warnings, stay in touch with your friends and family, and get automated local advice when arriving at a new destination so your vacation or after-school location can feel as safe as home.
Guest Author: Kevin Pierce