Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Child Safety Device on the Go

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Child Safety Device on the Go

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When you have young kids who are always on the go, it's always nice to have an extra set of eyes when out and about. From family vacations to trips to the playground, summer is bound to be full of outdoor activities. BuddyTag, a new child safety device, is designed to keep parents and children connected at all times.

BuddyTag is simple to use, and we designed each wristband with kids in mind--there are over five color combinations! Each set comes with a Bluetooth tag that fits into a custom designed wristband, and a free custom app that you can download onto your iPhone (4S or newer) or Samsung phone (Galaxy S3, S4, Note2 and Note3 with Android 4.3).

I created BuddyTag after my six-year-old Bethanie got separated from my family at Six Flags over Texas. We have a tradition of going to the amusement park before Christmas to see the holiday lights and musicals, drink hot coco and go on the fun rides. It was getting close to the park's closing hours, so we stopped by a gift shop on the way out. My wife thought I was watching Bethanie, and I thought she had her. It was not until we got to the parks' exit we both realized our youngest one was not with us. We had to fight through the crowd trying to exit and were lucky that we found her back at the gift shop. Even though it was only about 10 minutes, it definitely felt like a worst nightmare!

That same night I searched the Internet for a product that I could use to track my children whenever they are out with me. But everything online was expensive GPS or cellular tracking products. There are 4 important features BuddyTag is equipped with that parents with kids-on-the-go can take advantage of:

Out of Range Alert When your child wanders out of your pre-set proximity, your phone will sound an alarm and vibrate to alert you. The app also allows you to customize the range according to venue. …

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