Last weekend I was visiting with a friend that has two young children. During our conversation, we caught up on a lot of things - from travel, our friends, and her family. Her oldest, now 7, has never stayed overnight at a friends house; my friend shared with me that she was too scared to let them out of her sight. The potential items that could arise are too substantial for my friend to offset the social benefits from spending time with other kids her age.
Interesting, I thought. While this wasn't the original intent for me inventing Virtual Halo, it ties itself in well with our SOS and I'm OK features; that's when I asked my friend if she would feel more comfortable if her kids could tap on the "I'm OK" alert on their Apple Watch from time to time while staying at a friends house to let her know they were fine. "Would I?" she said, "Yes! that would make me feel much more comfortable, knowing that they would be able to subtly let me know that they're OK, or if something's wrong and they need me to come and get them.
The concern a parent has for their children is unrelenting, and understandable. As Virtual Halo inches closer to deployment, know that there will soon be a way to temporarily ease the anxiety associated with letting your kids be kids.