It’s essentially just a standard watch with a GPS chip fitted and you can then go to the nu.m8 locator site and get a lock on your kid. The watch itself is waterproof, robust and “designed to look cool” so that your kid will a) wear it, and b) not get kicked in for doing so. The trouble is, of course, that all the other kids will know what it means.
It’s aimed at 3-12-year-olds and the lower end of that would certainly be fine but 9 or 10 plus and you’re starting to look at a reason to be teased. What’s more it doesn’t exactly promote the biggest amount of trust between parent and child.
The LOK8U will work for 100 hours on each charge which is around four days and nights and that could be an issue if either you or your child, or both of you, are a little forgetful.
When the watch is removed it sends an e-mail of the location where it happened to the parent, so you know where your child was abducted. Sorry to say that but that’s what we’re talking about, isn’t it? I don’t think parents are too concerned whether little Jonny is out playing football or with a mate he’s not supposed to be with and if they are that’s a serious problem.
The service comes in a variety of packages from £5.99 upwards and had better have security tighter than a gnats chuff or there are people out there who’ll pay to have access to the whereabouts of thousands of registered children. Now, that’s a scary thought.
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