Posts Tagged ‘children and cell phones’

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Keep Your Children Safe – Alternate Uses for ZOMM Wireless Leash

As you probably already know, ZOMM is a Wireless Leash designed to keep you from forgetting your cell phone. It also serves as a Bluetooth speakerphone and personal safety device. However, outside of the marketed uses for ZOMM, many parents have told us they use the ZOMM to keep track of their children.

In light of this spring’s annual National Safe Kids Week, we wanted to share these alternate uses of our Wireless Leash. Keep reading to find out how ZOMM can keep your toddlers and teens safe…

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Toddlers
Though my kids are all grown up now, I can remember the days of having three little ones running three different directions. So it made perfect sense when I saw parents using ZOMMs on their toddlers.

Here’s how: Stick a ZOMM in your little one’s pocket, or attach the keychain to his belt loop, and if he happens to stray out of range, the ZOMM will begin to beep, letting you know your little tike has gotten away.

Teens
The uses for ZOMM are a bit more obvious for teens. Since many children are getting cell phones as teens (or even tweens), getting them a ZOMM will protect them twofold. First, it provides a layer of protection from losing the cell phone you (or they) bought. And second, it puts a panic alarm in their hand and 911 one-button push away. What parent wouldn’t feel comforted by that?

During National Safe Kids Week, we hope you’ll take the time to talk to your children about being safe—whether it’s walking to school, riding a bike or driving a car.


Do you have safety tips to share with fellow parents? Start the discussion in the comments section!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Cell Phones and Children – Keeping Your Kids Safe

Cell phone safety is important for everyone. However, with the rise of cell phone use in children (the average age of first-time cell phone users in the US is between twelve and thirteen), it’s especially important to focus on cell phone safety for kids.

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According to the European Multimedia Forum (EMF) journal, many countries have taken steps to ensure children are using cell phones safely:

  • The United Kingdom issued a limitation on use by children under 12.
  • In France, no children under 16 can use cell phones and it is illegal to advertise to children under 12.
  • In both Israel and Russia, cell phone use is banned for children under the age of 12.
  • Japan has general limitations on cell phone use for anyone under the age of 18.

While most of these countries seem to believe cell phone use is affecting children’s health, there aren’t any studies confirming that as true. So while it never hurts to be cautious, we’ve got a few other tips that can help you keep your children safe from proven problems with cell phones:

  • Monitor – Cyberbullying is a sad, but true, issue today. Monitor your child’s cell phone use to make sure they aren’t a giver or receiver of bullying.
  • Regulate – Make sure teens are clear that cell phones and driving do not mix. NO texting while driving and only allow calls when using a hands-free device.
  • Educate – Let your children (especially pre-teens and tweens) know why they have a cell phone. If it’s only to be used to contact Mom and Dad, make that clear—and establish penalties for breaking that rule.

These are our tips for safe cell phone use—do you have any to add to the list? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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