When is your child ready for a mobile phone?

There is no hard and fast rule when it comes time for your child to independently use a mobile phone. It comes down to the child’s maturity and critical reasoning – you, the parents, will best placed to know when they are ready.

From starting the commute to and from school on public transport and going out on their own, you know there’s a need for a device that can connect you with family members quickly and easily.

With countless companies, articles, stories and testimonials sharing the dangers of the online world, the fear-mongering can be tiring. But while people get caught up in the fear, finding a device or apps to introduce and educate children that are safe to use and navigate devices in a healthy manner can be hard to find.

When it comes to swimming, you don’t just throw your child in the pool and hope for the best. You give them lessons and educate them on how to manage themselves. So why are devices any different?

G-mee is the tool that allows you to introduce and educate children to the connected world at a steady individual pace. With in-built parental controls and a company focused on creating technology that educates their own children in forming healthy habits with technology, G-mee will stay true to its core on filling that gap in the marketplace.

94% of parents report their child was already using the internet by the age of 4.

Technology and smart devices are now integrated into every aspect of our lives from a very young age. Setting healthy routines and establishing habits as they start a relationship with technology is something that will allow our next generation to thrive, gaining the benefits from technology without the negative impact on their future.

Life and technology will always have a relationship and approaching the beginning of this relationship as a learning opportunity with your child is a great way to build safe use and habits. By focusing on the best parts of smart device technology and the benefits they bring, not only as a hit of dopamine, we might just be able to beat smartphone addiction.

The eSafety Commissioner has some great tips on how to stay safe:

  • Help your child to set a strong passcode.
  • Consider using parental controls to block or restrict specific apps, features and access to inappropriate content.
  • Set boundaries around the times and areas in the house smartphones can be used.  
  • Install software updates as they are released.
  • Disable location services when they are not needed.
  • Secure your home network; it’s wise to change your wi-fi password regularly, especially if you’re still using the default password.
  • Use secure public wi-fi hotspots if you’re out and about.
  • Only pair via Bluetooth with another device you are aware of and can control.
  • Help make your child’s accounts private on social networking apps to avoid unwanted contact.
  • Remain engaged in your child’s online lives and let them know you’ll be there to support them if something goes wrong online.

What Is G-mee?

This is G-mee, the touch screen devices delivering your favourite streaming entertainment.

Its smart, safe and fits in your pocket.

You’ll notice that G-mee has no cameras, as this is an entertainment device.

Every G-mee has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 5-inch plastic touch screen, FM radio receiver and a 2200 milliamp-hour battery. 

We’ve also included basic parental controls allowing you to pin lock the apps and settings on every G-mee. Don’t know the pin? Then you can’t open the app!

There are three versions of G-mee.

g-mee, G-mee Plus and G-mee Connect.

G-mee is perfect for listening to apps like Spotify and Apple music with limited distractions.

G-mee Plus has the same hardware but is a Google registered device. So, we’ve pre-installed some Google services like YouTube, Google Maps and Chrome, and you can download and install your favourite apps via the Google play store.

G-mee Connect is just like the g-mee Plus but with 4G connectivity. Your G-mee connect will stream your favourite entertainment via Wi-Fi and 4G, make and receive calls and also text.

With G-mee Connect we’ve included the ability to personalise the incoming and outgoing call and SMS experience. using our preloaded Call block. Block or Approve incoming call and SMS traffic as you decide.

Find your G-mee, a safer smart device.

Can You Transfer Your Data To G-mee

You may already have a device with names, numbers and text messages that you want to copy across to your new G-mee.

We’ve designed it so you can do just that on your G-mee Plus and G-mee Connect.

We recommend that you backup your data to the cloud and restore it from there.

During the setup process, you will be required to be connected to a Wi-Fi-enabled network and sign into the same google account that the backup was saved to.

Continue through the setup steps until you get to choose a backup. Make sure you select the latest backup from your device and then select next. Unless you want to start with a clean slate, you will want to select “copy your data” to install your apps and data on your new G-mee.

To choose specifically what you want to restore and copy across to the new phone – hit select all, or just pick the data you want to transfer and then move onto the next step when prompted.

When complete, your phone will notify you and will return to the home screen.

If you want to find out more details and how you can automatically backup your phone’s information, Google has an in-depth help centre you can access by clicking here.

Setting Up The G-mee App Lock

Your G-mee device comes with built-in content controls to help manage the apps that can be used on the device.

G-mee App Lock is a preinstalled feature that allows individual apps to be encrypted and accessible only after entering a pin number.

To open G-mee app lock, open your settings, click on Security & Location, Advanced, App Locker.

You will now be asked to set a pin code.

Once chosen, select the apps you want to encrypt with g-mee App Lock – this is displayed by the padlock next to each app. Locked means that is encrypted, unlocked means it’s available to access without the pin.

Click on the switch at the top of the page to turn the feature on and off at any time.

Be sure to test some of the locked apps you have selected to ensure they have been successfully encrypted.

Each app is still installed and can still be used by simply entering your selected pin code.

You can also use app lock to block access to your g-mee settings, by locking ‘settings’ in the list.

You can still adjust basic functions like volume controls, but access to the settings menu is now locked.

For those with a G-mee Plus or G-mee Connect, App Lock can also block access to new apps being installed by locking the ‘Google Play store’.

You can now leave your google account entered into the Play store, but no apps can be added to your g-mee without entering your pin.

All G-mee versions include G-mee App Lock.