I was reading in several posts on here with families wondering about the safety of their children while cruising. While i think we all would agree the cruise lines do keep the safety and well being of their guests in mind, a parent always wonders. Now certainly i would not let a child under the age of 12 roam the ship alone. They would definitly have to be with another sibling, or left in the care of the cruiselines' childcare and activities dept.
However a child 12 and above is quite old enough to explore the ship on their own, and do not need constant supervision. Provided the child is well mannered and well behaved no issues should arise.
So my what i am wondering is, what are your opinions of families using 2way radios(walkie talkies) to keep in touch with their children while allowing them to explore on their own? Along with the added sense of safety the parents would feel simply knowing that both they, and their children are only a push of the button away??
I have seen several families using them on my last cruise, and it seemed to work out pretty good for them. After talking to a couple about it it made me think. I asked them why they decided to use the radios, they replied almost in unison "security", i queried, "security" not knowing exactly what they meant. They then explained it to me. While they knew that the ship's crew would do all they could to keep them safe, they just felt that they felt more secure just knowing they could press a button and talk to the kids. They said it made for a better cruise for everyone.. the kids didn't have to be tied to their parents all day, and could explore on their own. They also said that what was even better was that they could have their own "personal time" without having to worry about the kids. Afterwards i thought WOW.. something as simple as being able to "call" the kids at will made for the whole family to enjoy a better cruise experience.
So anyhow... what are your thoughts on the issue??? good? bad? indifferent?? .... lets hear from you ....