Summer Is Here - Hear Where Your Children Are!Jun 11, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in ToysThe Bottom Line The bottom line - spend the money and keep in touch of where your kids are. They'll have fun and you'll have a safer summer.
One of the toys that I loved using in the summer was Walkie Talkies. However, none of them ever worked very well. You could use them outside for a short distance (between your house and the house next door), but they never worked very well inside. You couldn't pick up the other person's voice or if you did it was very static.
When my first child was about 6, he wanted Walkie Talkies. I thought that for sure they would be made better than when I was a kid. We went out and bought a pair of Power Ranger ones for him. What a disappointment! They hadn't improved at all since I was a kid. About 4 years later my daughter wanted a pair. We went out and bought Barbie ones for about $20.00. Same problem!!! They had a very short range of distance and didn't work well inside.
Finally, my son began to beg us for an expensive pair of Motorola Walkie Talkies. He is now 14 and I hated to spend the money, but I agreed to look at them. Off we went to the store and they looked great. They had a call button on them, 14 channels, and stated that they would work up to 2 miles in distance. We finally bought them for about $65.00 on sale.
I think I have had more fun with them then my children. We use them all of the time. They take them all over the neighborhood with their friends and talk between themselves, but I use them to keep track of my son. When he takes off for the afternoon with his friends and says he'll be in the neighborhood, I give him the Walkie Talkie and when he needs to get home, I call him. Last year I was a counselor at a camp and since my son was in a different room, I used it to wake him up every morning. I would push the call button over and over until he was up. (he sleeps through alarm clocks but the call button sounds so high pitched, that it wakes him up).
When my daughter wants to ride around on her bike, I have her take it and she calls me to let me know where she is. When she went to her first sleep over, she was nervous about staying the night and didn't want to wake up her friends parents during the night if she was scared. I gave her the Walkie Talkies and she called me at 11:00 at night to say "Good Night". It gave her a sense of security to know she could get a hold of me right away.
At amusement parks, these are the greatest. When half of your group goes in one direction, you can contact them and meet them at a certain place and time.
When buying a Walkie Talkie, don't spend $20-$25 on a cheap pair. Go out and buy a pair that have different channel settings, a call button, and a distance of at least 2 miles. I will tell you that I took our Walkie Talkies in the car and drove 2 miles away to see if they would work. They didn't make it to the full 2 miles - more like 1 1/2 miles, but still this is a good distance. When talking to people, their voices are clear for the first 1 mile. After that, you may get some static. Also, if others are using a Walkie Talkie, you may pick up their voices or their call button. But it is easy to change channels and still get a hold of the person on the other end.
The bottom line - spend the money and keep in touch of where your kids are. They'll have fun and you'll have a safer summer.
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