I have been liaising with Family Zone Cyber Safety for a number of years now and this Perth based company has been working their butts off!!! Family Zone has released the worlds first stand-alone Cyber Safety smartphone and I am excited! Parents and even kids have been waiting for such a device for years and I am rapt that FZ have been the first to take up the charge.
The 'FZ One' is an Alcatel device using Android OS and is available directly through Family Zone or Woolworths. It is only $199.00 and includes 12 months membership to Family Zone. I met with FZ's Managing Director Tim Levy in November of 2018 and I could see how excited he and his team were in the lead up to the release of this industry leading device. The phone is designed with the FZ software incorporated into the operating system. So you cannot use the phone without the safety features as a key component. It offers true 'control' for parents, but it will also be a massive step forward in giving the phone's user (your kid), a more realistic feel of freedom and autonomy.
For a number of years now, mobile phone cyber safety has been completely App based. Parents would buy a device for their child and then need to install third party Apps to monitor, moderate and control screen time. Many kids would be able to get around such Apps because in reality, parents could never truly control the device from all directions. The introduction of the FZ One changes the playing field completely, because the whole device is based solely on the protection of the user. It provides a foundation of confidence for parents and allows the child to grow with an appropriate culture of use, whilst still being able to enjoy the freedom and independence of their own phone.
It is not a brick! It is spot on in regard to it's look and design, so kids will be happy to use it. The phone has not been designed by nerds with no understanding of the modern teen, but by parents who are fully aware of the world their kids are in. Not only can you work within the FZ One directly by having true and direct access when you want, but you can also view key components of the phone through your own device or home computer using the Family Zone App. This is great when you are out and about and the user is at home or at a friends house. 'I am doing my homework Mum!' won't cut it if you can see they have been playing Fortnite and flossing for the past hour!!
Family Zone offer great customer support if you are not technically savvy. So set up is not a worry. I love how the device can offer reports on when, how and where the device is being used. You can also set time schedules for homework and play and set the device to turn off automatically at designated times. It is inspiring that a Western Australian based company has grown to become a global leader with such an initiative and I can't wait to see which other device manufacturers have the courage to get on board and join the fight for true Cyber Safety. Visit Family Zone for more information and watch my pages for a full review as I keep working with this great device.
Paul Litherland does not receive any financial gain nor gratuities for the endorsement or recommendation of any product, person or organisation.