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CHILDREN

Rescue gadgets

How modern technologies help
keep track of children
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Kaspersky Lab’s
position
on protection
of children

In the summer of 2018, Lida Erasmus from South Africa endured one of the worst nightmares any mother could experience. Her teenage daughter left home one weekend with a young man and didn’t return. Her daughter’s phone was switched off and Lida was literally losing her mind searching for her daughter. At that point technology came to the rescue: when Lida bought her daughter a smartphone, she installed the Kaspersky Safe Kids app on it. Next morning the child's phone was switched on. Thanks to the app, within five minutes Lida had located her daughter on the map and drove out to pick her up.

There are already loads of products on the market that allow you to monitor your children without being around them night and day. One such example is a set of sensors you can place in a child's bedroom that will indicate whether the windows and doors in the room are closed. Baby monitors and other connected devices from the digital world make it easier to ensure that babies are never left unattended, allowing parents to keep an eye on them at all times.

The motto of the startup industry – ‘Move fast and break things’ – does not work here. First and foremost, innovative devices must go through many stages of evaluation to ensure they are safe before they can be sold. Having tested them we then select the ones that can be used for one purpose, and one purpose only, and that is the safety of children.

GPS trackers

As a child grows and starts to explore the world, devices that track their location come into the picture. Bracelets and other wearable devices with GPS trackers can help keep them safe. For example, the Smart Baby Watch for children can be used to make calls to two telephone numbers, as well as exchange voice messages. Parents can track the location of their child via a smartphone. If there's an urgent need to make a call, parents can do so discreetly (a so-called silent call) and listen to what is happening around the child. To make them more fun for the kids, some wristbands with GPS trackers have built-in games or even Tamagotchi (as in the Doki watch). The Russian version of the smart watch called Life Button has a panic button that the child can press in case of emergency.

SOS

Child can press Life Button
in case of emergency

Smart
car seat

Recently, Cybex introduced car seats with sensors that start to beep if a child accidentally unbuckles their seatbelt or if the driver accidentally exits the vehicle, leaving the child in the car unattended. Another company, The US startup 4moms, has developed a self-installing infant car seat that uses 20 sensors to automatically adjust the car seat into the correct position before each trip.

Headband as
a life preserver

Today’s technologies can now reduce the chance of a child drowning. For example, you can tie an elastic bandage with an Iswimband sensor onto a child’s forehead. This device transmits an alarm to a smartphone or a tablet if the child is under water for more than 30 seconds. For children over 15 years of age, there is even a ‘mobile lifeguard’ – a Vkosha bracelet with an inflatable floatation device. The bracelet is sold with a set of four cartridges containing carbon dioxide. In an emergency the wearer simply pulls a lever to inflate a bright orange floatation device that lifts the person to the surface.

4

cartridges containing carbon
dioxide are installed in the bracelet

Kaspersky Safe Kids
mobile app

A very useful app if you're looking to track the movement of your children. Kaspersky Safe Kids displays the real-time location of your child on a map. Apart from that it also allows you to set a ‘safety radius’, for example, the way home from school or around the playground. If the child strays beyond that zone, the parent will automatically receive a notification on their cell phone.

Sleep
monitor

The Snuza Hero monitor attaches to a baby’s diaper and collects data and monitors the baby's breathing. If it detects that the baby has stopped breathing, the monitor vibrates giving the baby a little push to prompt it to breathe again. If there is no change within 15-20 seconds and the baby's breathing hasn't returned to normal, the monitor’s red light will start flashing and a siren will sound. Anxious parents also have an option of setting up a low sound signal so that they can hear baby’s every breath.

15—20

seconds monitor waites for the baby's
breathing return to normal.
Then red light will start
flashing and a siren will sound.

Sound grenade

For teenagers, there are technological alternatives to pepper spray, such as a ring with a panic button that can connect to smartphones via Bluetooth, sending an emergency alert to the police. It is, however, much more effective to scare off assailants in the event of an attack. This can be done with the help of a small manual siren or a ‘sound grenade’, like the BASU eAlarm. This device looks like a keychain. When a pin is pulled it emits a 120-decibel alarm that is as loud as a fire truck siren at full blast. This device immediately draws attention to what is happening and is likely to deter any assailants.

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