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frogger25 11-28-2017 07:19 PM

Gizmo GPS Watches- Parents can listen in to our classrooms
Young students are starting to wear watches that their parents can call and listen in to our classrooms. Students may or may not know when and if their parents are listening. Therefore, parents may have unlimited access to your classroom conversations without your knowledge. Has anyone experienced problems with these watches? How do we feel about this? What can be done to protect the privacy of others in the classroom, bus, cafeteria etc.? What are my rights as an educator not to be spied on my students' parents?

dutchgirl 11-28-2017 07:49 PM

Sounds invasive to me. What about the privacy rights of the other students in class?

h0kie 11-28-2017 07:55 PM

I've been looking at one for over a year
As a parent of a nonverbal child, this is on my radar simply because he cannot tell me if something is happening or communicate should he get lost.

That being said, I'm more interested in the GPS feature since he's an eloper, too. If/when he gets one, I would notify his teachers so they're aware. I would listen unless I felt I had reason. Unfortunately, I realize not all parents are like this.

I definitely see the potential issues, but I have a different view of its usefulness.

seenthelight 11-28-2017 09:08 PM

They are not allowed in my classroom. They violate our cell phone policy. Not only that, but they are not cheap, and my students are still young. Already been there done that with broken/lost/gifted and/or lent without permission expensive things. I take it from the child, and call the parent to come pick it up. There’s been a couple of instances where the parent wasn’t even aware the child had brought it to school. The fifth graders with Apple Watches are bad enough. We used to be 1-1 and BYOD, I’m relieved that we are now truly 1-1.

The other concern is the privacy of the other children. I’ve had “that” kid in my class more than once. Their parents shouldn’t have to worry that on top of everything else they deal with another parent may be listening in and/or recording their child’s fits. I get the PP’s point, but still, no. It violates FERPA for the other children, and causes headaches when the device inevitably is in some way damaged.

There are plenty of less obtrusive GPS trackers. Not to mention, most of the kids I’ve seen with them have them as a status symbol, and I have a real thing against flaunting the have and the have nots with kids as young as mine.

h0kie 11-29-2017 03:45 AM

Other trackers

There are plenty of less obtrusive GPS trackers.
Like Angelsense? It's huge. Plus, it has the listen in feature, too.

Roz 01-05-2018 08:24 AM

What to Watch for? Other Devices?
Wow, thanks for posting about these devices! I wasn't aware of the capability mentioned.
I have one or two students with an Apple Watch, and one child with another, large watch,
but I don't know what type it is.
Can anyone advise us about other brands / models to be aware of?
Also wondering what issues have arisen w. the Apple Watches.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

frogger25 01-05-2018 09:08 AM

More information
According to my research, the larger Gizmo watch is a kids watch through Verizon. It can be set on a sleep mode and no one can call it during the day. But that is up to the parents settings. It can however be switched to an automatic answer, it supposedly would ring for 10 times and then automatically answer and listen to what is happening around the child for up to a minute. It is still unclear if the ring is something everyone could hear or if it's a quiet tone meaning that people around may not know.

Not sure if the Apple watches have the same features.

Roz 01-05-2018 09:09 PM

Thank you!
Thanks frogger25.
I'll take a look at the Gizmo watch, and see what I can learn about the Apple Watch "features."

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