There are always new and improved gadgets making their way onto the market, and most of them aim to make life easier for their users. Everyone loves the device that will save them time, money, or any kind of hassle, but sometimes these gadgets are designed to make parents less responsible for supervising their children.
Take, for example, the Pipsqueak phone for kids, which is a device that looks like a separate cell phone but really just taps into your smartphone's bluetooth system. The idea is that kids can talk on the phone with grandparents or friends without getting their grimy little hands on your expensive phone. As the video above shows, the designers of the Pipsqueak want to appeal to parents who are tired of having their cell phones dirtied, damaged, or destroyed by their kids.
It seems like a nice idea, but maybe instead, parents could try some of these tactics:
- Have your children wash their hands before handling your cell phone, especially if they are, for some inexplicable reason, covered in peanut butter. (See video.)
- If your children have a tendency to put food all over your phone and then lick it off or use your smartphone screen as a paint canvas, then keep your phone out of their reach. (Again, see video.)
- Supervise your children when they are eating or playing.
The Pipsqueak video depicts parenting as a constant discovery of the next awful and destructive thing your adorable child has unwittingly done. Perhaps, parents should strive to prevent their children from destroying expensive items like smartphones by watching them. Who knows? This may also lead to improved safety and better relationships with their kids.