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Gabb’s Z2 Gets Even Better: Introducing GPS Functionality

Friday, 4 December, 2020

Jana Dalby

We get it — kids lose things. Replacing mittens and soccer cleats adds up over time. But when your child misplaces his smartphone, that’s enough to get the whole family out searching.

If your kiddo has a tendency to lose things, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s careless. According to child psychologist Cheryl Gilbert MacLeod, it’s normal for young children to lose things because their focus is elsewhere. Developmentally, their goals are very “me-oriented.” 

As kids experience transitions like starting high school, new organizational demands can also make them more forgetful. And some forgetfulness is simply genetic. (If you or your spouse is constantly misplacing the car keys, you’ll know the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.)

To fight forgetfulness, we’ve added a MyGabb GPS app to all Gabb Z2 phones. The new feature also provides an added layer of safety for kids, giving parents peace of mind while protecting their investment.

What Does the New Feature Do?

At Gabb, we’re hyper-focused on child safety. We want our devices to come equipped with everything kids and parents need — and nothing that they don’t. That extends to the MyGabb app.

MyGabb doesn’t provide directions. It just allows you to locate your child’s device by pairing it with an Apple or Android phone. You can even pair and track multiple Z2 phones so that everyone in the family is covered. 

How Does It Work?

We know kids aren’t always the best at retracing their steps to find lost things. This is where GPS can come in handy. 

In the parent app, you can view the location of your child’s Z2 device in real time. You can see whether it was left at the park, at a friend’s house, or anywhere in between. You can also have the Z2 to play a sound in case it’s hiding between the couch cushions or stuffed in a backpack.

How Do I Get the GPS Feature?

In the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out software updates to all Z2 phones. On your child’s device, you’ll notice a new app called “MyGabb.” Inside the app is a QR code that you can scan with your own device to pair. Simply visit the App Store or Google Play store to download the MyGabb app for iOS or Android. Then, follow the instructions you see on screen.

Is My Child’s Location Data Safe?

Absolutely. Gabb was created by parents, for parents. Unlike third-party apps like Find My Friends, MyGabb doesn’t allow strangers to request your child’s location. Only your paired smartphone can track your child’s device.

To safeguard your child’s location data, be sure your own smartphone is password-protected, or enable fingerprint authentication. This way if you lose your smartphone, your child’s location will still be protected.

At Gabb, we’re obsessed with creating kid-safe smartphones that make your life easier and provide peace of mind. The Z2 doesn’t give kids access to the Wild West of the Internet, but it still provides useful features that parents can feel good about.

Unfortunately, there’s still no technological solution to tracking down missing retainers and worksheets. But with the help of GPS, you no longer have to worry about replacing your child’s smartphone when he or she forgets it.