I hope our young children/grandchildren never face stranger danger. Just in case they do, there’s the WatchMeGo. It’s a kids’ first watch with a built-in real-time GPS locator and an SOS button that alerts you when your little ones are in danger or distress. I’m not getting paid to say it, but say it I will: right answer . . .
Using the kidome phone app, you can monitor multiple watch wearing sprogs. It displays their 10-20 on a Google map. At the same time, your progeny can monitor your location through the same app (assuming they have a phone). As you’d expect from a watch made for Sprint, the app has a child-friendly voice and texting function. And some simple non-violent games.
If your kids move outside a predetermined “safety area” (set by you), the app gives you a heads up. The WatchMeGo is powered by a 400mAh battery. Yup, it needs nightly recharging. Meghan the Sprint rep assures me a full refill takes about an hour.
The WatchMeGo is . . . wait for it . . . a watch. Three hands and hour indices. At the moment, you can buy it in any color as long as it’s blue. Be aware: it’s BIG. [Nowhere near as enormous as the Fennec Watch One.]
The WatchMeGo’s 48mm diameter is good news for legibility (also suitable for partially sighted adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease). But the jumbo timekeeper could be a bit awkward for play. Which might lead to its removal.
Meghan swears the plastic fantastic timepiece is comfy on her kid and “doesn’t look that big at all on the wrist. I think they have designed that way because the child looks cool with something fancy and funky.” I’d like to see how the WatchMeGo fares in the Texas heat.
The Sprint WatchMeGo costs $144 plus tax. It requires a Sprint phone line to function. That’ll run you $10 a month, tax included. Until chipping your child becomes socially acceptable (or government mandated), this watchphone is the best way to keep tabs on them. And start them on their watch owning journey with a proper watch.