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Tech Can Keep Kids Safe at Home During COVID-19

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By Monday, 30 March 2020 09:28 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Until a few weeks ago, no one ever would have believed the country, and the world, for that matter, could be brought to their knees by something that sounds like a cough medicine — COVID-19.

In the wake of this transmogrifying event, schools have been shuttered in an attempt to mitigate the spread of this viral menace, and the closing of those schools has caused added tension — child safety — as some parents, those who have not been laid off, concern themselves over how to ensure their kids are safe, while the kids are at home, many of them under-supervised.

When normally at school, it is not to say there were no safety concerns, where bullying still wages hegemony over student populations. Moreover, there is always the looming threat of active shooters, abduction and a host of other child-centered threats — online predators, drug abuse, etc. — that make for sleepless nights, distressed days and an overall pall of discontent suffered by conscientious parents.

Inasmuch as it is impossible to be in more than one place at once, parents should explore options that enable the next best thing, such as the use of digital products that are more than gadgets, but are smart tools capable of providing concerned parents with visibility into what is going on, real time, in the lives and whereabouts of their "home alones."

Such devices are produced as wearables, meaning that they become part and parcel to a kid's attire, such that they are not obtrusive nor disjointing in appearance, but highly effective in transmitting just the sort of information that improves parental awareness into what their kids are doing, with whom, where and when.

Also on the market are other smart devices that can further enhance visibility in and around the home, while parents are away.

Until this, schools also have served the dual role of imperial guardianship for the time kids are in their care. Without that role being filled, due to schools having been closed, parents must figure out some other means by which concerns for child safety can be mitigated or eliminated through improved vigilance.

And, since omnipresence is something best left to the omnipotent, smart devices might be the only remaining resort for parents through the wonders of modern age ... and beyond ... technology.

Let's face it. This has been just far more Washington than any unsuspecting parent bargained for. That said, after the viral dust settles, no one will be able to say they never got to spend enough time with their kids ... even from a distance.

Milt Thomas grew up on a South-Georgia farm, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism, and received his MBA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School. After a career as an executive with Cox Broadcasting, WSB-TV, Home Depot, and The Coca Cola Company, he is working to launch a new tech startup to rival social media and elevate the internet's entire quality experience. He has written and self-published his first book, "Black, Dumb and Barefoot...And Knocked Up By the Democrats." Milt makes his home in the Atlanta Metro. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Parents should explore the use of digital products that are more than gadgets, but are smart tools capable of providing concerned parents with visibility into what is going on, real time, in the lives and whereabouts of their "home alones."
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