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GPS Tracking Devices and Kids

Losing a child—even for a moment—can cause panic for any parent. Everyone knows not to leave their child alone for any amount of time, but sometimes children will run off, wander away, or the parent can take their eyes off of their child for just a few seconds, and they could be gone. It’s happened. And it will continue to happen.

Luckily, we have the technology today to help us keep track of our children that we didn’t have years ago. While no electronic gadget, no matter how advanced, could ever take the place of a watchful parent, devices such as child GPS tracking devices do offer parents assistance and peace of mind.

Let’s take a look at a few options available:

Cell Phones

Depending on your child’s age, he or she may already have a cell phone. Some cell phones, especially Smartphone’s, already have GPS tracking systems pre-loaded in them. It is recommended that you contact your carrier to go over pricing, availability, etc. There are even apps out these days specifically designed to help make tracking your children or even other family members easier than ever.


A neat way to conceal a GPS tracking device comes in the form of a wristwatch. The great advantage to GPS wristwatches is that they are unobtrusive, durable, and the odds of your child taking it off someplace or losing it are highly unlikely.

Vehicle Locators

If you are a parent of a teen that drives, you have a few more worries on your mind with them out on the roads. You have probably already heard about vehicle locators to help authorities find your car when it is stolen, but did you know they have specifically designed GPS systems to help keep track of your teen while driving your car?

These GPS systems not only tell you where your teen is, some systems can also give you a history of where they were and where they are heading. Detailed information such as how fast your teen was driving is also available on many models and is information that can prove invaluable to parents.


Radio frequency identification has been around for several years. The concept is simple. These tiny tags send out radio frequencies to help you keep track of whatever it is attached to. In this case, it would be your child. RFID tags can be sewn into clothing, backpacks, or anything else that your child uses to help keep track of him or her.

RFID tags do not use GPS technology. On the contrary, depending on the device you purchase, the radio frequencies will generally be limited to a certain range.

RFID technology is not without controversy. Many people feel that these devices invade privacy and are highly intrusive. Nonetheless, parents with young children find these devices helpful and enjoy the peace of mind and security they offer.

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