Things have certainly changed since I was a kid. From the time I was in kindergarten, I walked almost 1/4 mile to the bus stop alone, where I waited alone, and again walked home alone at the end of the day. Obviously this is no longer an option, especially for younger kids. But when they do get old enough that a parent is no longer required to chaperone them to and from the bus stop, how do you ease your worries that something will happen to them?

You get them an iSafe School Backpack, of course! This nifty bag is not only practical for hauling all the books and related paraphernalia associated with attending school, but it’s got a built-in alarm your kid can trigger to attract attention in case something or someone makes them uncomfortable. Not only are there two high-decibel sirens, but it has a flashing strobe light as well (the strobe can be seen up to 400 yards away, and the siren can be heard for up to a 1000-yard radius). Which of course means that while some people might ignore a screaming child, they won’t be able to continue on about their business with all the commotion this will create. Which in turn means your child stands a better chance of not being abducted off the street.

No worries if the style doesn’t suit you…this is also available in a girls’ version (pink) and a collegiate version (black or blue). It’s not just for children, of course…many of us spend quite a bit of time walking through dodgy areas alone, so it will come in handy for pretty much anyone.

It features a foam back for maximum back support and greater comfort, shoulder strap reflectors to keep you safer at night, a large front compartment for stowing away your stuff, and an adjustable chest strap to make it harder for someone to steal it off your back. Overall, it measures 17″ H x 11.5″ W x 9″ D. Its S-shaped shoulder straps are ergonomically designed for comfort. With batteries, it weighs just over two pounds, and is designed for ages eight and up. The alarm system can run for two hours without needing new batteries, and a red LED light will flash for up to 72 hours when the batteries are getting too low to run the alarm system.

At just $59.99 US, these are not that much more expensive than the regular backpack you were going to have to buy anyway.

Source: 7 Gadgets

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