In addition, VivoPlay lets parents designate "safety zones." If the child leaves any of those areas, the device will send an alert to the parent's smart phone. While there's no retail price for the watch yet, the company said it expects to start accepting pre-orders in the spring.
As a kid, I had important phone numbers memorized, ready to dial them from a rotodial phone at a friend's house if needed. But the world is a different place now, and so is my hometown. A special watch your child wears can never be an all-encompassing protective bubble, but it seems far less risky than handing sophisticated communication devices to young children.
The scary part is when kids turn into young teenagers. I feel for anyone grappling with attempting to set limits on their adolescents' access to social media. Too bad that watch can't prompt an automatic Facebook block.
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