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Gizmo GPS Watches- Parents can listen in to our classrooms
Old 11-28-2017, 07:19 PM
 
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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?


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Sounds invasive to me. What about the privacy rights of the other students in class?
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I've been looking at one for over a year
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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.
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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. Thereís been a couple of instances where the parent wasnít 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, Iím relieved that we are now truly 1-1.

The other concern is the privacy of the other children. Iíve had ďthatĒ kid in my class more than once. Their parents shouldnít have to worry that on top of everything else they deal with another parent may be listening in and/or recording their childís fits. I get the PPís 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 Iíve 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.
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Other trackers
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There are plenty of less obtrusive GPS trackers.
Like Angelsense? It's huge. Plus, it has the listen in feature, too.


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What to Watch for? Other Devices?
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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!
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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.
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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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... I have this as a tool to keep my daughter safe. Having two working parents sometimes there is a need to communicate with a small child that is not old enough for a conventional cell phone. I have this devices for my piece of mind to know my where about a of my child. That is my mail goal and purpose of the watch the technology is guides. Status symbol- my 7 year old child may view it that way but you must not have any children. It is purely for the safety of my child. So I donít see why you or anyone else at that matter would have a issue with it? I work in emergency services and terrible things happen everyday, children do go missing so your issue is what again? The technology is there for a reason and we should take advantage to keep our children safe.
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I don't like them.
Old 02-14-2019, 05:15 AM
 
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For the teachers, I think there is an unhealthy level of underlying tension in knowing you're "on show" every second.

And I do think it violates FERPA for the other children.

But I also think it's bad for the students wearing the watches. I can't really imagine growing up feeling I had no privacy or autonomy at all.


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Old 04-01-2019, 07:27 AM
 
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As a parent, Iím able to come in and visit my child in their classroom and/or volunteer pretty much anytime I would want to. Thatís not a violation of FERPA, so Iím not sure why it would be a violation for me to pop in virtually with the gizmo.

As a teacher, yes, itís always a little more pressure when parents are there, but thatís the job. Parents have the right to be involved and to know what weíre doing.

The only issues for me would be if the parent who has access to the watch (and subsequently the classroom) is for some reason banned from the school. If they are not physically allowed on the campus, they should not be allowed virtually either. Other than that, I trust that parents are looking out for their kids best interests.
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Gizmo SmartWatch in classroom and counseling
Old 10-18-2019, 05:29 AM
 
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I am a teacher with a parent using a Verizon Gizmo SmartWatch in school. She is a helicopter parent. She says it is off during the day but she has controls to turn on at anytime. I am very upset to learn that the watch is capable of communication when I am trying to post to secure app like Seasaw. I also do not like the feature of auto answer if child doesnít answer. The device can become a problem by listening in to the classroom or during private counseling sessions. I feel like teachers and schools do not realize the potential these watches have for teachers. The student in question also has divorced parents with opposing views about the Gizmo SmartWatch. The school has a policy no smartwatches but mother insists it is off and is just a watch.
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Old 01-28-2020, 11:08 AM
 
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First, the gizmo watch is at its core a watch and children have the right to check the time. As for communication, the watch is silenced during the school day. No one can call in, though the child could still call out by accident by holding the main button. The phone can only send 10 present 5 word messages, the phone can call only a handful of people and can only receive calls from these same people. There is a way to set auto answer but even that hangs up after a minute so there is no way a parent is listening into your classroom. Most parents don't keep it on auto answer as it does nothing additional to get ahold of the child.

If the parent was a real helicopter, they would likely give the kid a cellphone with a lot more options.

Also, it was just 7 short years ago that Sandy Hook to the lives of so many little children. Mass shootings are now a daily occurrence in the states and our government is doing nothing to increase gun laws. Every day these kids put their lives on the line going to school, not to mention the hormones, emotions, and frustration of childhood where kids think there is no other way out than hurting someone else.

So call it what you will, but if a watch gives kid and parent piece of mind - who are you to take that away from them. Especially in a school that allows devices.
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