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‘My daughter doesn’t ask to use my phone anymore’

The debate over what is an appropriate age to give children a smart phone continues.

Those for giving smart phones to kids at a young age cite physical safety concerns, such as wanting their kids to remain in contact as they go about their day. Some parents want to give their kids a device to teach their kids about safe device use while they can be supervised.

Those against giving smart phones to kids at a young age are rightly concerned over online safety issues and their children’s exposure to inappropriate content.

It’s a dilemma that rages, and one there hasn’t been a solution to – until now. The solution has come from none other than tech expert Charlie Brown, although it was actually his wife Rachel who came up with the idea.

“Rachel wanted a device that would play apps our kids could use in their bedrooms safely,” Brown tells 9Honey.

He had a look around using his extensive contacts and couldn’t find anything that would suffice.

“We had rules [for the device] like no camera, no open access to the internet, it can run whatever app you want and we wanted something that allowed them to have adventures but managed adventures,” he says. “There was nothing that did that.”

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System Software Update – G-mee Connect

We wanted to share a quick update with you regarding your G-mee Connect smart phone. We have released a patch today that will pop up on your screens over the next 24 hours.

To check if the update is available for your device The latest update fixes a small bug that we found in the G-mee Connect Operating System. Big thanks to our customer who shared the details with us. By installing this patch you will also bring your G-mee Connect up to date with the most recent security update provided by Google for the android 9.0 operating system. This will help keep your G-mee Connect secure when connected to the Internet.

We will have more system software updates over the coming months to keep your G-mee devices secure and working well.

You can check if the update is available for your device now going to – ‘Settings’, then select ‘System’, ‘About Phone’, ‘Wireless Update’. Make sure your G-mee Connect, is connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot and select ‘Check For Updates’. Once available the software update can be downloaded and installed, and your device will then restart.

Once the process is finished your G-mee Connect will be up-to-date.

You can watch the detailed video tutorial below:

GadgetGuy: G-mee may save your kids from a bad habit – a smartphone one!

Read the full review on the GagdetGuy website.

G-mee is the brainchild of Charlie and Rachael Brown – you may know him from the Channel 9 Cybershack TV show.

G-mee is really a personal content player that integrates measures for safe exploration of smart technology. It has an innovative pre-installed ‘G-mee app lock’ to guide the user’s smart device experience, and curb temptations to over-share or exposure to online risks, such as cyber-bullying.

You can block apps such as Facebook, YouTube or streaming services that can expose users to unsuitable content, or place them at risk of cyber-bullying. It is parental control on the device!

So, we decided to review the phone. And that is in two parts. Less important is the hardware. Most important is the app lock.

To read the full review from GadgetGuy simply click here.

WhistleOut: G-mee Play Review

Read the full review on the WhistleOut website.

G-mee makes devices specifically for children, meaning they are durable, and filled to the brim with online safety features straight out of the box. While every G-mee device looks like a phone, the G-mee Play is a WiFi only media device, which can be a viable alternative to passing over your phone anytime your little one wants to watch a video or play a game.

Having spent over 14 years working with kids, and with a degree to prove it, I know my way around toddler and teenage tantrums alike. If you’re looking for a phone, or a phone alternative for your own child then you’re probably familiar with them too.

It’s no secret that children and adults operate differently; no grown up has ever asked me what my third favourite reptile is, and then cried and threw a toy at the wall when it wasn’t the frilled neck lizard. So when we’re looking at a phone that’s made for kids, it’s important to think like one.

While there are a range of factors that separate the men from the boys, and the women from the girls, it can boil down to just four main aspects.

  1. Physical
    Tiny humans have tiny hands, enough said.
  2. Emotional regulation
    Adults have greater control over their emotions. We can identify how we feel and take steps to handle those emotions. Children however, might not be able to differentiate between angry and tired, or hungry and sad, and tend to act unpredictably because of it.
  3. Narcissism and empathy
    There are self-obsessed adults, but children are all tiny, cherub narcissists who only care about themselves. In fact children don’t develop empathy properly until they’re around seven years old. If an activity or moment doesn’t serve them, then they are likely to abandon it or derail it so the focus can be back where it belongs, solely on them.
  4. Impulsivity
    Children have no filter. If you look tired, they will almost definitely tell you loudly, and usually in a crowd. Kids tend to act on impulse, if a thought or whim compels them then it will almost definitely manifest into reality.

You’re probably thinking “cool story, but what does this have to do with anything?” To properly ascertain whether the G-mee Play is the right device for your kid, I’m going to be pitting it against the four cornerstones of childishness. Is it up for the challenge? Let’s see.

To read the full review from WhistleOut simply click here.

G-mee: Radical new technology to keep young children safe online

Charlie Brown and wife Rachael are among thousands of Australian parents trying to navigate parenthood in the digital age.

Their three children are among the fifty percent of kids aged six to 13 who have access to a smartphone making online safety a constant concern.

“Many of us grew up with the Walkman or the iPod but today if you want music or a podcast then you need to listen on a smart phone,” said Mr Brown.

“With smartphones, you get the all-you-can eat deal when that’s not really what everyone wants.”

To address the problem for their children, Charlie and Rachael designed g-mee – a smart device that delivers all the things that users want in a smart device and takes out the things they don’t.

“My wife Rachael had the idea to create a smart device suitable for users of any age and any digital know-how,” said Mr Brown.

“We wanted to create a device where you can pick and choose and you can still do a range of tasks but also does it safely because not everyone in the community should be given a camera and not everyone on the community should be given unfettered access to every kind of app that’s out there on the internet.

Unlike most new technology, G-mee isn’t more complex and has no new features – in fact, it has less.

With no camera, a plastic screen ideal for kids and a pre-installed app lock, the G-mee device is designed to help parents control what apps their children can access and when.

“The G-mee strikes a balance between users getting all the best of smart tech in one personalised content player, and having the ability to limit exposure to unwanted or unsuitable content,” he explains.

“They might listen to a podcast while they have some down time in their room or listen to relaxing music while they go to sleep and none of this stuff actually involves looking at a screen which is what a lot of parents hate about their kids using smartphones.”

Mr Brown’s kids have been using the device for six months and he says the results are surprising.

“They show each other their favourite music and they actually engage and have conversations about it. If we’d given them a tablet with unfettered access to streaming television that just wouldn’t happen,” he said.

“The other thing we’ve noticed is when they come home from school they go into their rooms and play more and read books or they just chill out and we didn’t enforce that they just started doing it on their own.

“We’ve given them the parameters and said, ‘from here, you can go an explore’ and they do”.

But G-mee is designed for adults too and Mr Brown says the device has helped him and his wife get away from their screens while still enjoying the benefits of technology.

The app lock feature can be activated at any time and used on any app downloaded to the device to block distractions caused by unwanted alerts, status updates and reminders.

“For me as an adult, I take my G-mee with me when I go running and I know I could turn off all my notifications on my phone when I go running but I don’t want to. I just want to leave my phone at home and I know that when I turn on my G-mee and put my ear phones in that’s symbolism that that’s now my time, that’s my time away from connectivity,” said Mr Brown.

Charlie and Rachel are excited to share the device with Australian audiences first and then they hope to take it to a global market.

“We want to give Australians the chance to use it first, see what they think, get feedback and then we’ll go from there.”


These kid friendly “smartphones” don’t have a camera and start at $99

It’s easy to understand why parents may have concerns about giving a child their first smartphone – the internet and social media can be a bit of a wild west. The G-mee range of devices is attempting to make this decision a little bit easier.

Designed by Australian company CBN Media, the G-mee family is a kid-friendly smart device range with three models:

  • The standard G-mee, a basic Wi-Fi Android-powered media player. While it runs Android, it doesn’t have Google services installed, which in turn means no Play Store. As such, apps have to be sideloaded through a third party source, but apps like Spotify are installed out of the box
  • G-mee Play, which is similar to the base G-mee, but with Google services
  • G-mee Connect, a 4G model that’s essentially a bare-bones smartphone

The trio are pretty similar in terms of features. A key part of the G-mee pitch is that none of the devices have a front or rear-facing camera. G-mee creator Charlie Brown said the company “started with a phone and worked back” to what was essential and appropriate for a media device suitable for younger children. 

While the G-mee range share a lot of similarities with smartphones, Brown says they’re media players first and foremost. As such, they still have headphone jacks, but Bluetooth is also available for wireless headphones.

In addition, all three have parental controls out of the box – including the option to lock any down with a pin code -, and the 4G version has an integrated call blocker.

The three G-mee devices are available for pre-order now, ahead of launch in early January. The standard G-mee retails for $99.95, the G-mee Play for $119.95 (although it’s being discounted to $99.95 during the pre-order period), and the G-mee Connect for $149.95. They’re currently only available through the G-mee website, but Brown says he’s in discussions with retailers.