As the mother of a very shy 10-year-old girl, I often worry for
her safety when she's not within my direct range of vision. As
she gets older, I know I'll need to allow her a bit more freedom.
So, I was excited to see the iSafe backpacks and bags. These products
look like ordinary backpacks and bags, but they're not--they contain
an alarm system that can be activated by simply pulling a hidden
The product that we received to review is the iSafe School Backpack
in pink. It's got gray and black accents and is made of a very
durable nylon material. The shoulder straps contain reflectors
for additional security at night; they are also padded and shaped
in such a way to make them more comfortable. There is also a foam
pad in the back section of the backpack to make it more comfortable
and easy on the back. There is a large compartment on the front
and two mesh pockets on the side.
This particular backpack is designed for ages 8 and up. It is
somewhat heavy, so I can see why it would not be suitable to younger
and smaller children. (The exact weight of the backpack, including
the batteries, is 2.3 pounds.) The dimensions are 17" by 11.5" by
9". It sells for $69.99 and is also available in blue (a light
sky blue color, with gray and black accents) and solid black.
Other products available through iSafe include messenger bags,
laptop backpacks, and sling backpacks. iSafe offers a very generous
exchange policy; if you purchase an iSafe product and it becomes
old or boring to you, you can replace it with a new one (any style
and color of your choice) at a savings of up to 50%. The reason
for this is because you will not need to replace the alarm system,
which is designed to last for years. You can just fit it into your
The iSafe flier that came with the backpack says that these products
are designed to "STOP bullies in their tracks, provide PROTECTION
for latch key kids, and provide SECURITY from strangers." It also
says that "in a split second you can activate two high powered
siren signals and a high intensity strobe light simultaneously,
to attract immediate help to a harmful or crisis situation." I
was not aware that the batteries were included in the product when
we received it. I wanted to demonstrate to my daughter exactly
how to activate the alarm system in the event of an emergency.
Boy, were we in for a huge surprise! The alarm is extremely loud
and could actually cause damage to the ears if listened to for
very long. With that being said, I want to make it very clear that
this is not a toy, nor is the alarm system to be taken lightly.
Children should be taught to use the alarm only during a threatening
iSafe products are not just for children. I would recommend them
for anyone in your life who has to be out and about on his own.
Teens, college students, working professionals, single moms, and
seniors would benefit from these bags.