Walkie talkies are a great way for parents to keep in touch with their children when they are venturing out alone. However, they can put children in more danger if not used correctly. The main danger is that, on unsecured systems, someone else could be listening to your child’s conversations. Similarly, a stranger might try to make contact with children over their radio system. Here, we will find out some of the pros and cons of using walkie talkies to keep in touch with your kids.
If you purchase a two-way radio system which isn’t able to use privacy codes, or has only a few channels, it is more likely that someone could eavesdrop on your child’s conversations. Radios with privacy codes scramble the communications, meaning they can’t be overheard by others. Radios with more channels mean there are more alternative channels which can be used if your child feels someone is listening in on them.
Another major issue which can arise from using walkie talkies is the range. Some users find the radios go out of range unexpectedly, for example when used in heavily forested or built-up areas. Sometimes in these environments, the radio can’t cover the full range which would be expected in more open areas.
A small issue which reduces how efficient portable radios is is battery life. Forgetting to charge or replace the batteries frequently enough can be an issue, as they might run out halfway through communicating. This can be a real problem if using the radios on a day out such as at a festival, or during a camping trip where there aren’t facilities to recharge the batteries.
However, if you purchase a secure system, they are perfect for children. There are very few other safety issues with walkie talkies. It is not thought that the radiation from handheld radios is dangerous, particularly as they are not generally used for extended periods of time.
A pair of walkie talkies can really make parents feel more at ease when letting their children out and about for the first time. The peace of mind they provide makes it well worth the small possible risks. As long as children know how to use the radios properly, and know how to handle the possibility of strangers intercepting their conversations, they are a great and safe way to communicate.