What parents need to know...

School Mode: FAQs

Distraction-free learning in Primary Schools.

 

School Mode is a special app feature that allows you to control the functions on your child’s SPACETALK smartwatch phone.

Designed for school use, School Mode ensures that your child’s safety device can be worn as a simple wristwatch during school hours, with none of the risks or distractions of smartphones or other internet-connected devices.

School Resources

With schools now banning many “smart devices”, we are currently engaging with teachers and school leaders to ensure SPACETALK complies with school policies.

We’ve also prepared a School Mode Kit to download below for parents to print out and take to school., including a School Mode Information Flyer, School Poster, and the results of our recent Primary School Parents Survey.

Parents' Questions Answered

What is SPACETALK?

SPACETALK is a school-ready wearable safety device developed in Australia specifically to keep kids aged 5-12 protected and connected with their families. SPACETALK provides a high-quality phone, SOS alert service and GPS locator within a wristwatch sized device. Parents have full control over all features, including who can contact their child.

Can my child access the internet using SPACETALK?

No! Our designers and developers have focused completely on child safety and that includes leaving out features that can put children at risk.

  • - NO Social Media
  • - NO Apps
  • - NO Internet
  • - NO Camera

What is School Mode?

School Mode is a unique SPACETALK feature, designed for school use and any occasion when children are away from home. Parents and guardians use School Mode remotely to define the features that should be switched on or off on the device during set times such as classroom periods.

How does School Mode work?

Parents use the AllMyTribe App to select which watch functions to disable during school hours or set times. For instance, you can switch off/on incoming and outgoing calls, messaging, step counter, location and stopwatch.

Unlike smart phones, SPACETALK in School Mode behaves just like a wristwatch. In School Mode, parents have complete control, without distracting their child or disturbing classroom activities.

How does the teacher know when SPACETALK is in School Mode?

Teachers can see that SPACETALK is in School Mode simply by looking at the screen – they will see two pencils side by side on the watch face.

Can my child use SPACETALK at school?

SPACETALK was designed for school use, especially for your child to wear to and from school.

Many schools have introduced bans on all smart devices due to the phone ban in schools, however SPACETALK has a School Mode which allows you to control the device remotely, transforming it into a simple wristwatch (which kids have been wearing to school for decades!). Only the parent controls SPACETALK School Mode to switch functions off during set times such as classroom periods.

What if I need to contact my child in an emergency, when the phone is in School Mode?

As a parent, you have complete control – you can quickly enable any feature to get in touch with your child quickly and directly.

My school has banned all smart devices. What can I do?

Each school has different guidelines and policies about what children can wear at school. If your school has a blanket ban on all smart devices, even when worn in School Mode, they usually provide a safe storage place during the school day. You might also provide your child’s school with a school information flyer to explain the device’s safety features which you can find in the resources below.

How do I explain School Mode to my child’s teacher or School Principal?

Whether or not your child can wear SPACETALK during the school day depends on individual school policies. You can explain that your child can wear SPACETALK as a simple wristwatch the entire time they are at school, completely removing distractions.

But it’s important to know that SPACETALK is not like a mobile phone and is specifically designed for child safety. Even when phone and messages are enabled, there is no access to social media, apps or the internet – or unwelcome contact.

SPACETALK has no camera so no images can be shared. Its main function is to allow parents to know where their child is and for family members to get in touch in an emergency.

I’ve read media reports that smartwatch phones can be hacked - is my child’s SPACETALK smartwatch phone secure and safe?

SPACETALK and the AllMyTribe guardian app are the No. 1 kids’ smartwatch phone and app* in Australia, accredited by world leading cybersecurity experts** for best practice security, including authenticated and encrypted communications between subsystems.

All data is stored in Australia by an Australian company, never used for advertising or profiling and protected by Australian child safety legislation.

*No 1 Children’s App in the Apple App Store, December 2019

**A team led by Dr Matthew Sorell of the University of Adelaide.

Resources

Click on the school resources below to download, print and share with your school.