So one of the reasons we've not 'done' a festival with the child yet is because of the terrible thought of her running off, as she does, into a crowd of happy delirious festival goers and we subsequently can't find her. The idea of Glastonbury has made me shudder. Don't get me wrong I love the festival and have been numerous times but with child.....doesn't sound like a holiday to me. This did make me think of a tracking devise that you could clip on, strap on, or just tag on to your little person so in the terrible event where they do wander off the GPRS kicks in and immediately alerts you on your smart phone as to where the little adventurer has gone. I was slightly surprised no one had invented said device....and then last week James showed me this:
This is a wrist device that has been made in the US by a man who lost his 3 year old son Filip for half an hour. So he knows the pain and decided that he would do something about it. It's been built for 4-11 year olds and is totally waterproof (although don't take it swimming), sand proof and activity proof. The Filip has the functions of a watch including telling the time, the date and an alarm whilst also being a smart locater and mobile!
You can pre-programme the device with 5 numbers that your child can call. The 5 chosen people can call the Filip directly and also see the child's location. You can also set safe zones and if the little wanderer goes outside that zone you receive a notification.
You can also send texts! This is just a one way feature.
In the event of an emergency the child will press the red button for 3 seconds. That will:
1) Send a text message to the 5 numbers with the child's location
2) Automatically start recording the ambient sounds around the Filip
3) Initiate a call to the 1st designated number, if there's no answer it will systematically go through the other 4.
4) If none of the numbers answer it can call emergency services.
What a great device! Unfortunately it's only available in the US at the moment but hopefully they'll increase their reach worldwide. We also, don't know the cost.
My only other reservation is that it looks like a bit of tasty kit on a kids arm.....would that invite more hassle ?
Nevertheless we think this is a brilliant, much needed device and can't wait to see this in the UK. We'd definitely get one.