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With Kat and Sisi being a being 14 (K) and 11 (S) they need a bit more freedom, and I need to really ‘let go’ and allow them to go ahead and explore the world and gain some confidence. Still… I can be nervous, and if they don’t text me right away, I am going to get paranoid. Where are they? Are they okay?! What will they do if they need help?
Yes, I am a total worry wort!!
When I was contacted to try out the V.ALRT it was a pretty easy yes from me on going ahead to review the product!
Here is some of the information directly from them:
The V.ALRT is a small wearable device that can be carried discreetly in a pocket or bag, worn on the wrist with the included band, or around the neck as a pendant. With V.ALRT, users that become injured, witness suspicious individuals/unusual behavior, or who find themselves in a dangerous situation can simply press the button to call for help.
Using Bluetooth SMART (4.0 LE) technology along with a mobile applications provided by VSN Mobile (Android and iOS), the V.ALRT connects with the user’s smartphone and sends personalized text messages, phone calls, or location information (with GPS on) to three pre-selected contacts indicating help is needed.
V.ALRT provides up to a year of use on a single battery and is available for purchase at www.VSNMobile.com and Amazon.com for $59.99, with no monthly or service fees of any kind.
- School Safety – children/grandchildren in school can alert to emergencies or check in with parents after an incident
- Connecting families – put V.ALRT in a backpack or pocket and have a hotline to Mom/Dad
- Signal for help if injured – great for hiking, biking, or other outdoor activities
- Fall Detection Mode – multi-axis accelerometer automatically notifies contacts if a fall is detected
- Homebound no more – users with medical conditions can stay connected to healthcare professionals or care providers when out at the store, in the yard or otherwise away from the landline
Pretty clear right? Right!
Sadly, the unit doesn’t work with the iPhone 4, which Sisi has, but it does work with the 4s, which Kat has. Meaning when the girls go for a walk together, it’s easy to get a contact if something bad happens. Kat can press the button, which is on a watch band on her wrist, and it will send a text to Sisi, Cid and I. That way if one of us is away from the phone someone will know that Kat needs help.
The texts also send a map with her general location, and the V.ALRT can work up to 300 feet from the phone when outdoors, and 75 feet when indoors (likely due to all the stuff in the way) so while the area will be general if the phone is dropped and she’s within 300 feet of it, at least it gives you an idea of where your child was near. Narrowing the area of search.
I feel better knowing that if something happens, Kat only needs to press a button for a couple of seconds to call for help instead of attempting to pull out her phone and call. Sadly, she might not have that time. You know? :/ It can be a scary scary world.
While I’ll always worry, at least I know she can reach us quickly if absolutely needed. I highly recommend the V.ALRT if you are looking for something to help with your piece of mind when letting your kids out into the world.
You will need a phone with a data plan, iPhone 4s or later with iOS7 or newer. Android 4.3 or higher and you’ll need a Bluetooth 4.0 connection. Galaxy S4 and HTC One are compatible.