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Password Journal
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166 of 169 people found the following review helpful
My daughter had a traditional diary with lock and key, but her brother got into it. She bought a Password Journal to keep her thoughts extra private and has been using it ever since. It's terrific. We haven't had any problems whatsoever.

VOICE RECOGNITION

The voice recognition can be set to low (not so sensitive) to high (password must be said exactly the same way each time). It can also be turned off. We tested it; and it while it will unlock for me on the low setting, it will only unlock for her on the high setting. Her brother has been thwarted in his attempts to make it open.

The journal can be opened and the password reset, if it's forgotten or doesn't work. Insert a pin into a tiny hole on the front of the journal. Just don't show the brother how it's done!

INVISIBLE INK

There is an invisible ink pen and a black light for an added layer of security. The light does turn off after a few minutes and she keeps having to turn it back on. That doesn't bother her, though. I'm happy we won't need to worry about her leaving it on and draining the battery.

The light can also be switched to a regular light that does not reveal the invisible messages.

REPLACEABLE NOTEBOOK

The journal comes with a removable 25-page, unlined, 4"x6" spiral-bound notepad. I like the fact that it is replaceable. Otherwise, the whole toy might end up unused when the notebook is filled.

SECRET COMPARTMENT

The secret compartment that can only be accessed with the Password Journal open. It can be used to hide secret messages, jewelry or other small items.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Voice recognition was my biggest concern with this product. I was afraid it wouldn't work or be very frustrating to use. Not at all. My fears were unfounded.

My daughter writes in the Password Journal every day with enthusiasm. Anything that would encourage that has my stamp of approval.

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UPDATE: My daughter brought her Password Journal to afterschool care and was very happy to report than none of the kids could get it to open, despite knowing her password. She was the only one who could open it when the sensitivity was set to high.
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148 of 159 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2011
I waited and waited for this journal to show up. It finally did!
I saw it on the counter and opened it at first I sorta liked it because I couldn't figure out how to reset the password to open the journal. I finally asumed it didn't have a password for that. I was writing and i hit the white button by accident and it said "Please Record Your Password" That made me feel overjoyed I put a word in it didn't work though. I pushed it again and it worked this time. This journal is very educcational it will teach your child how to speak the same thing and open a password journal, while keeping the child's thoughts away from brothers and sisters or "Intruders".
The journal has a light tucked inside it for revealing messages (luv).
There is a secret compartment. If you are having a tough time with the password just change it with the reset button or press the button between the light button and the compartment button. if you press it it will say "high" then press it again "low" again "off" if it is off then it opens automatically. High is when you have to speak exactly the same when saying your password to open up the secret compartment or the journal. It does say goodbye a lot but you get used to it, its not that annoying. Low is when you can say the password softer and not as clear but don't worry it still only opens to your voice. I would buy this again. Remember just because there is a lot of bad reviews doesn't mean it'll be bad on yours, I bought this before anyone reviewed it, and I bought it on amazon.
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2011
This product is very pretty and quite durable. The password function works well and affords our granddaughter a way to keep her thoughts safely away from her little brother. It helps that she's practicing composing and writing her thoughts without being aware that it's educational for her to do so.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2011
I thought the password journal stopped working because there had been so many reviews where people had a problem. I called Mattel. They gave me a list of things to try. Great news - I just needed new batteries. Must be the ones I installed were weak. Also, Mattel offered to send me another journal or a voucher for other product if I couldn't get it working and wanted to return it to them. Glad I didn't have to do that.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2011
Before buying this product, I read several negative reviews (mostly regarding how it worked). It worked fine for me. The only time it didn't work was in an airplane while flying (it actually worked inside the airplane during taxi). While flying I guess there was so much background noise that the device couldn't hear the passwords correctly. We pressed the reset button and opened the journal manually and then reset the passwords after the flight was over.
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71 of 86 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2011
This journal has similar problems to the previous versions, apparently. That is, it has trouble recognizing the voice password, even on the "low" setting. My current theory is that if you choose a password that has some "hard" consonant sounds and long vowels, for example, "cheese", it works a little better than a password with soft consonants and short vowels, like "love".
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2011
After reading all the bad reviews about this product, I was afraid to purchase it but my grand daughter wanted it so bad...I thought maybe it would be a lesson learned for both of us if it was a piece of junk but it wasn't...she was delighted to get it as a gift on Easter and continues to use it everyday with no problems whatsoever...it was worth every penny.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2011
Most reviews I read were critical of this toy saying that the password never work. I bought it anyway since my daughter had been asking for 2 years, and it works fine. We have had it for a little over a month and have had little trouble with the passord. IMPORTANT: when you say the password, do it in just a little more than a whisper. When repeating it, do the same. That seemed to be the trick. We are able to get both passwords (secrect compartment also) to work fine. Both my Daughter and Son are able to open it. (ooops)

I felt compeled to write this as most reviews were very negative. It can and will work with a little patience.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2012
I am 9 years old and I love this diary. Usually I lose the keys to my diary, but this one I never need to worry about that. The batteries seem to be lasting a long time. I have had this about a year and I haven't needed to replace the batteries yet.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2011
It's a nice journal. It keeps my secrets very safe. Sometimes my brother peeks over my shoulder trying to see what I am writing, but thanks to the invisible pen my secrets are still kept!
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