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How Safe Are Our Children In India?

Published on: 26 December , 2017 | Ekta

Almost every other week, I open the newspapers and there it is! Yet another headline about an accident or crime where the victim is a young child. Almost all recent incidents have occurred at renowned schools and childcare centres - the horrifying murder of an 8-year boy at a Delhi school, rape of a 5-year old soon after has petrified parents all over the country and really made me question: "How safe is my child when he/she is away from me"? How Safe Are Our Children In India? Whether both parents are working or if even one is a stay-at-home parent, children's lives outside the home are so busy with school, hobby/sports classes or tuitions, parents these days really struggle to keep tabs on their children everyday and constantly worry about safety. Every time your kid is late from tuition classes or wanders away from you in a shopping mall or a crowded place, it's enough to get your heart pounding with fear and the mind thinking the worst. While it isn’t practically possible to shield your child all the time, can we do more to ensure our child’s safety & security? Yes! In today's world that is constantly shrinking, technology is bringing people closer. Let me introduce you to a fantastic “GPS Tracking Device” that ensures your child is safe and secure even when you are not around. Meet MySpottr, the brainchild of Sapan, Pallavi & Birendra who help you be with your most beloved one even when you are physically not with them. And here's the most unique thing about MySpottr: not only is it a user-friendly location tracker, it can also be used as a communication device. So many parents today want to stay in touch with kids but are reluctant to give them mobile phones at a very young age. It's an essential parenting tool for busy parents who always want to be in the loop of their kids activities. MySpottr is a very user friendly GPS Tracker with 2-way calling designed specifically for kids. Here’s what we love about it –
  1. Safety – Children are surrounded by all things fancy such as the iPhone, iPad, YouTube and Xbox! With our lifestyle sailing towards a digital world, the least we expect is that technology does not harm our child. Let’s put a BIG tick against “Safety” since MySpottr is RoHS & CE certified at par with global standards, updating your child’s location every 3-4 minutes keeping radiation in control.
  2. Simple & Super sturdy – It’s a black device, the size of a match box! It has a single “SoS” button, with an in-built Sim card & speaker. During your child’s “Panic Mode”, it isn’t practical to expect your child to remember your mobile number and call for help.
  3. Device Features – Kids will be kids so thankfully MySpottr is water resistant! The device has a clean structure & design and is resistant to damage from kids’ rough handling. You can mark your child’s “SAFE ZONES” like school, tuition classes, cricket/dance class to track your child’s movement. If your child deviates from the stamped ‘SafeZone’ you will immediately get a notification & you can call your child to check if he/she is safe.
  4. Battery & Location Accuracy – The battery lasts for 50 hours (and upto a massive 120 hours if your child’s movement is less active) and can be easily recharged quickly. The device is fairly accurate even in low connectivity areas - it’s smart and guesses your location; especially around the SafeZones you've created
  5. Circle Of Trust – When your child presses the “SOS” button, it’s not necessary that you may always be available to receive the call, given all parents have more on their plate than they can handle. You may be packing lunch for your husband or just taking a short nap after working relentlessly from 6am to 3pm. So what happens if you miss the call when your child needs you the most? Here comes the “Circle Of Trust” – MySpottr is the only “calling service” in India where you can download the App (available in iOS & Android) & feed the numbers of your “1st point of contact” (and so on) in the order of your choice. To cite an example my order is –

Mother (Me) → Father → Grand-Father → >Grand-Mother

Hence, if the “SoS” button is pressed, the first call goes to the “Mother”, if that goes unattended, then it goes to the “Father” and so on, until the call is answered. Hence, do not fret, the call is automatically forwarded to the assigned numbers and the MySpottr service keeps calling UNTIL someone picks up the child's SoS call! What could have been better?
  1. If the device had come with a clip that can be attached to the pocket or bag to ensure it doesn’t drop off, considering, children are playful, will help minimize the chances of losing the device. However, the MySpottr team is committed to shipping out the next batch of devices with clips.
  2. While the Indian strata sees most families with two kids, it would have been fantastic to have a facility of opting for two devices at a discounted rate, to ensure both your children are safe. The team has taken this suggestion seriously and I hope to see this being implemented soon :)
I believe, our children are exposed to a very treacherous and vulnerable environment relative to 15 years ago. And we as parents should take preventive measures for our child’s safety (given every curious child loves to explore but given our environment is unsafe, a preventive measure is now a must). If you belong to the same school of thought, then you should invest in MySpottr. And the investment is only Rs.250 per month. That’s not much for your child’s safety and your peace of mind, is it now?
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Ekta

A doting mom to an angel, Social Media Specialist & Professional Blogger. She loves to share her thoughts with other parents in the same turbulent boat. She absolutely loves & adores her family & is learning to strike a good work-life balance. When she is not writing, cooking or busy taking care of her toddler, she probably is dancing to some good desi music!

Anubhuti 2018-01-08 09:57:14

I think this is one article I wanted to read since long. Was always wondering how to keep our child safe without giving them a mobile phone. And here is the answer. Will surely try this.

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Anubhuti 2018-01-08 09:57:14

Hi Anubhuti! I'm MySpottr's co-founder. I couldn't agree more with your sentiment. Giving young kids mobile phones comes with a long list of challenges for parents! With MySpottr, this is exactly what we wanted to achieve - a gadget that helps you monitor your child movements AND communicate with your child without the frills and distractions of a mobile phone. Do check out our website or ping us on Facebook and we'll be happy to answer any questions you have! :)

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Anubhuti 2018-01-08 09:57:14

It's very difficult to keep children away from phones / tabs these days. I have a 2year old daughter & it takes immense efforts to distract her from the gadgets. Certainly, we as parents wouldn't want to give a mobile phone to them at the age of 5 or 6 to ensure they are safe. MySpottr is one of the Best alternatives.

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Minakshi Bajpai 2018-01-05 17:03:44

Safety is always the most important concern. When I send my kids out even with the people I trust, I keep on thinking of their safety. My Spottr seems en effective way to deal with the safety of our kids. Thanks for sharing this.

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Minakshi Bajpai 2018-01-05 17:03:44

MySpottr comes to your rescue even when people who you trust are around. Because kids being very innocent can get carried away quickly.

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Rashmi 2018-01-05 16:09:02

Yeah safety of our children come and its really a affordable deal safety with 250 rs. Will check out this.

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Rashmi 2018-01-05 16:09:02

Thanks Rashmi. Yes, Rs.250 a month is less than Rs.10 a day. Much better than buying our child a packet of chips. Isn't it? :)

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Prerna Sinha 2018-01-05 10:08:23

Seems this tracker actually does work and appears out to be very helpful as well, thanks for sharing about it!

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Prerna Sinha 2018-01-05 10:08:23

Hi Prerna! I am MySpottr's co-founder. Yes it does indeed work and accurately :) It has a ton of great features/alerts that help you keep track of your child's movements through the day. MySpottr also has a unique 2-way calling feature. Do check out our website or ping us on Facebook we'll be happy to tell you more about it!

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Prerna Sinha 2018-01-05 10:08:23

Thank you Prerna. Yes it does. Anywhere in India, even when the connectivity is not very strong since it runs on a smart technology it detects your child's location almost accurately.

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Nisha Malik 2018-01-04 21:51:24

Kids safety is one of the biggest worry every parent has. I shall definitely check this out. Seems like a very handy solution to my fears.

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Nisha Malik 2018-01-04 21:51:24

Absolutely Nisha. You can subscribe to 6 months, 12 or 24 months plan as well.

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Deepika Verma 2018-01-04 21:45:34

This is definitely a must-have… Safety is of utmost importance and something like this can definitely be of great use

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Deepika Verma 2018-01-04 21:45:34

No parent can over-look the safety of their child. MySpottr is here to cease all our worries.

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Papri Ganguly 2018-01-04 21:30:02

We have admitted our daughter to school this year. We become really worried when we think of it. Safety of children always come first. Rs 250/- per month is the most affordable deal when it comes to safety of our little ones

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Papri Ganguly 2018-01-04 21:30:02

Hi Papri! I'm a co-founder of MySpottr. Yes, you're absolutely right....scary incidents in schools and childcare centres have been in the news frequently. Since it's not possible to be with children all the time, MySpottr helps you 'keep an eye' on your child with the mobile app. Do take a look at our website for more details and reach out to us on Facebook so we can answer your questions!

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Papri Ganguly 2018-01-04 21:30:02

Yes Papri. I fear the same. Although most schools are guarded & have security cameras, yet, recent incidents at well-established schools have shaken the country.

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Preeti tiwari 2018-01-04 20:44:38

Nothing is more important than our child's safety, this device is must needed for every parent.

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Snigdha Prusti 2018-01-04 20:21:43

I always become worry when it comes to the safety factor of kids here in India but Myspottr seems like a great invention to kill all worries regarding kids safety.. Thanks for sharing the information with us...

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Snigdha Prusti 2018-01-04 20:21:43

Thank you so much Snigdha... with recent events we are are worried about our children's safety. MySpottr is safe for kids & is very handy.

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Riyanka Upadhayay 2018-01-04 18:30:23

₹ 250 ahead of our children's safety is not a big deal. So I think that all parents should have this tracker.

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Riyanka Upadhayay 2018-01-04 18:30:23

Hi Riyanka! I'm a co-founder of MySpottr. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment! Yes, indeed it's a small price to pay for a child's safety and a parent's peace of mind. Do take a look at our website for more details or message us on our FB page if you have any questions. We're here to help!

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Riyanka Upadhayay 2018-01-04 18:30:23

Absolutely Riyanka. We spend so much on branded clothes & toys. This is certainly the best investment for your child's safety. It is priced at Rs.3499 for 6 months.

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Mrinal 2018-01-04 09:51:05

This is really needed in an unsafe environment that we live in! Amazing product!

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Mrinal 2018-01-04 09:51:05

Absolutely Mrinal. We send our kids to school, tuition & extra classes. This GPS tracker is definitely getting popular & will become an essential in the future.

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jhilmil 2017-12-28 17:13:40

MySpottr seems an answer to most of the safety related worries for kids. Indeed we all parents are worried when it comes to safety inside or outside. Loved that it meets international standards.

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jhilmil 2017-12-28 17:13:40

Hi Jhilmil! I'm a co-founder of MySpottr. So glad you've liked our product! We've made sure the product meets international safety standards since it's going to be used by children. Please do take a look at our website or drop us a message on our Facebook page if you have any questions at all. We'll be happy to help!

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jhilmil 2017-12-28 17:13:40

Absolutely Jhilmil. While safety is our priority, we do not want children to use phones at the age of 8. So, MySpottr is the perfect fit in today's world where parents struggle to keep tabs on their children.

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