T-Mobile: Child Safety During the Summer and T-Mobile SpringBoard Giveaway

Giveaway update! We have a winner! The winning commenter is…

winner

CONNIE! Congrats to Connie for her winning tweet! And thanks to all who entered! The contest is now closed.

If summer break hasn’t started for you yet… it will soon!

Parents everywhere are making plans… how to make 3 months of lazy summer days, a bit less lazy.

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Whoa boy.

With the extra hours to fill, have you, parents, considered the time your children will be spending online on wireless devices?

T-Mobile has been thinking about it. They have been thinking about how to help make the summertime a bit safer for kids, and have come up with some great tools to help us help our kids this summer (via T-Mobile):

  • While the kids are out and about enjoying the sun over summer break, T-Mobile can help provide peace of mind for parents. T-Mobile offers amazing 4G devices and services to help families easily stay connected. Through a variety of custom mobile apps and services, T-Mobile can help parents know where their kids are and that they are using their cell phone responsibly. You can also have a look at the Metro coverage map to check that your area is covered for good cell service, ensuring your kids can get in touch if they need to!
  • Family safety and security is important to T-Mobile and they can help protect your family, content and device through a variety of applications, products and services so your summer days can remain carefree: T-Mobile FamilyWhere®, Web Guard and Family Allowances.
  • Memories created throughout the summer are often captured on mobile devices these days. Not only do most of T-Mobile’s smartphones feature high-definition cameras, but they also offer applications that back-up your photos, videos and contacts and protect your phone from viruses and malware, ensuring the precious moments you capture will be there to enjoy later.

And let’s not forget organization! T-Mobile and Cozi, the No. 1 online and mobile family calendar and organization service, have partnered to offer MobileLife® Family Organizer – an application and online service that makes managing busy family schedules a snap with a shared family calendar, shopping lists, to-do lists, family journal and more.

See? TOOLS… from safety to practical ways to help manage family life.

Gotta love the digital age.

I think a lot about kids and online safety. In fact, I was just talking to a reporter recently about kids and technology. I went on the record as saying I don’t feel kids should keep kept from the onlines (yes, I think “onlines” should be a word). There are online spaces built just for kids and tools intended to help parents so we can help guide our kids as they get their feet wet in the online space.

On Monday, June 11th, I will be heading to the downtown Seattle T-Mobile store to get a peek at the tools and apps that T-Mobile has developed with the kids and family safety in mind. I am genuinely excited to get to take a peek at some tools that not only might become options for use in my own home, but tools I can recommend to other families when the inquiries come.

I get asked a lot about my opinion on online safety for kids… I love learning about the latest technology and resources.

HTC One S

T-Moble not only offers the technology through mobile devices like their HTC One S, but through the many apps created specifically for families.

Speaking of devices… anybody in the mood to win a T-Mobile Springboard, perhaps??? The T-Mobile SpringBoard with Google has 16GB of internal memory with 32GB of expandable memory and a 5MP rear-facing camera. With a seven-inch HD multi-touch display, the T- Mobile SpringBoard can fit comfortably into a coat pocket, briefcase or purse. With its ultra portable size and 4G connectivity, it’s is perfect for staying connected, organized, and on- the-go entertainment.

The T-Mobile Springboard provides endless amounts of multimedia content for the entire family, including the ability to watch TV and movies, listen to music, read books and magazines and play games all at an affordable price… valued at $429!

T-Mobile Springboard

For a chance to win, please complete the following requirements and leave a separate comment for each on this post, including links to your original tweets. You have up to four entry opportunities.

  • Follow @TMobile on Twitter.
  • Like the T-­?Mobile Facebook page .
  • Answer the following question in the comment section below: How do you use wireless devices to keep your kid(s) safe during the summer months?
  • Tweet about this contest (example tweet: Great apps for keeping kids safe & enter for a chance to win a T-Mobile Springboard via @jennyonthespot! http://ow.ly/bu3C3 #TMobileSummer ) Or feel free to create your own! Using @TMobile, @Jennyonthespot & #TMobileSummer
  • Open to US residents only.
  • Winner chosen via random.org
  • Always remember, safety first!
  • Contest begins June 10, 2012 and ends midnight PST on June 17, 2012.
*I have partnered with T-Mobile in this summer safety program! This is a sponsored post. All opinion is mine and mine alone. Information about T-Mobile and their services has been provided to me to use in this post.

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26 Responses to “T-Mobile: Child Safety During the Summer and T-Mobile SpringBoard Giveaway”

  1. Beau says:

    I use Google Latitude to report my kids’ (phone) location. When the kids out number my wife and I, they often end up at different events, and one or more might not be with us. Additionally, we’re starting to use public transportation and they can look up schedules on the go and I can see if they’re at the bus stop or on the move.

  2. Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/monstergirlee/status/212060016230924289

    Thanks for a chance to win – this would be a great addition to our house.

  3. Following @TMobile on twitter. I’m @monstergirlee.

  4. “How do you use wireless devices to keep your kid(s) safe during the summer months?”

    Well our kids are too young to be out on their own, but we are starting to leave our 9 yr old son at home alone, for up to half an hour at a time and the first thing we did was teach him how to call our cell phone. It’s a great comfort to be accessible that way for him.

  5. Lu says:

    I use mine to help keep them entertained and I can monitor what they are doing and seeing with the devices. My kids have also started showing interest in more than games and kids cartoons. They use the devices to check the weather and the tell me if we will be needing more sunscreen than usual.

  6. Chris says:

    Following @TMobile on Twitter – I’m SCBlaw over there on Twitter…

  7. Chris says:

    Liked the T-Mobile FB Page

  8. Connie says:

    I follow T-mobile on Twitter (and pay them a HUGE amount each month 🙂

  9. Connie says:

    I like T-mobile on FB (my personal account)

  10. Chris says:

    And, finally, my entry on keeping my kids safe: since I have teenagers, who play sports, are almost driving (yikes!) and are all over the Seattle area, cell phones are essential to keep in touch and coordinate pickups and changes in plans. Without a way to contact each other throughout the day and evening, we would be lost.

  11. Connie says:

    My “kids” are adults but I still pay for their cell phones because I want to be sure they always have one and it’s a good model with great coverage. They know they can call us anytime and from anywhere if they need help.

  12. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    My step children are all grown but we stay in touch via mobile phone. We let each other know when we are going to journey out of our normal routines. It is nice to be able to check with each other just to bs sure everything is ok.

    Ladyblueeyez1960 at aol dot com

  13. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    I follow T Mobile via twitter – llmg1960

  14. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    I follow t mobile via Facebook -Linda Meyers-Gabbard

  15. How do you use wireless devices to keep your kid(s) safe during the summer months? I use it to coordination swim team picks up and drop offs to make sure they are not standing on the curb (but waiting inside) until I come. We use Google Latitude too!

  16. JD Northwest says:

    O Follow @TMobile on Twitter.

  17. JD Northwest says:

    I Like the T-­‐Mobile Facebook page

  18. JD Northwest says:

    We use our mobile devices to keep our schedules in sync and to coordinate play dates and camp events. When the kids are in someone else’s care we also are always available to get a call/text to come grab them.

  19. Katie Issaquah says:

    I follow @TMobile on Twitter as @NWDwellers

  20. Katie Issaquah says:

    Our kids are 5 and 7, both are constant practiced users of the iPad and so we use it to pull videos about fire safety and stranger danger, etc. And without Cozi my husband and I wouldn’t be able to keep track of each other or the kids.

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