I bought these devices the last week of summer to be able to communicate with my son who was starting middle school. I had serious reservations about getting him a phone and hoped for something different. Wow did Relay deliver! My son talks to me over the Relay his whole walk from school to meet me. He tells me about his day, he tells me about funny things he sees, he tells me fart jokes. Regardless of what he is saying he is talking to me more than he ever has before. There is something magical about it being a walkie talkie instead of a phone that gets him talking more.
One day a week my son walks from school to our synagogue for Hebrew school. On the Relay he messages me at each area so I know he is ok. I also use the location services a lot like a crazy person making sure where he is along the way.
My third grader also uses hers to find out where to meet me for pick up. It came in especially handing one day when my youngest was sent to the office and I was dealing with that and wasn’t in the front of the school where my daughter thought I would be. A quick mom where are you over the Relay helped relieve her panic of not being able to find me. Overall having these have given us just enough communication capability to relieve stress and confusion.