GPS trackers for kids are designed to give parents or carers peace of mind about a child’s whereabouts. It’s not always easy to keep both eyes on active youngsters, and GPS tracking is the next-best way of keeping track of them and ensuring their safety.
There are a number of tracking devices available that are designed with children in mind, and they generally take the form of wristband or a clip that can be attached to your child’s clothing. The use GPS and other networks to track your child, and most enable you to set up geo-fenced ‘safe zones’.
Here’s a look at eight of the best GPS-based solutions available to preorder or purchase.
Price: $149 (about £115, AU$200)
Tinitell enables you to track where your child is from anywhere in the world. Slot in a 2G SIM card and the Tinitell app shows you their location at all times. The SIM card also enables Tinitell to function as a wearable cell phone – your child can call you via a simple big-button interface on the device.
You can set it up with 12 contacts among trusted friends and family, so your child will never feel out of touch if they’re lost. The wristband is resistant to dirt and damage, with the large buttons meaning the smallest child can figure out what’s going on.
Designed to keep your child safe while also giving them some independence, FiLIP is a wearable wristband that works like a limited cellphone, much like Tinitell. Through the device’s app, parents can send one-way text messages to their child’s FiLIP, and can control who their child can call from the gadget.
Especially useful is the ability to create safe zones, with the caregiver receiving a notification if their child leaves certain locations – this could be used to keep an eye on the child’s school attendance, or check that they’re at the local park where they’re supposed to be.
An emergency call button enables the child to contact the primary account holder, and FiLIP will record the call, including background noises. FiLIP is only available in the US at present.
Price: $129.95 (about £100, AU$170), plus service plan
Easily placed in your child’s pocket or backpack, PocketFinder is ideal for kids who don’t want to wear a wristband. Parents can view their child’s GPS location on Google Maps, using their smartphone, tablet, or PC. The location is updated every two minutes, and as with FiLIP you can set up geo-fenced zones, and be alerted when your child enters or leaves one of these.
An emergency alert is activated by hitting the clip against a solid surface three times, with the device being rugged enough to withstand day to day use. Note that in addition to the device cost you have to subscribe to a service plan, which costs $12.95 per month in the US and $29.95 per month elsewhere.
Price: $99 (about £75, AU$130)
Trax Play is a small tracker that can be easily attached to a belt buckle or backpack. Parents can create geo-fenced safe zones to determine which locations children can explore; if they move outside these an alert is issued to the connected app. Each safe zone can be as small or as large as you want, with scheduling enabling you to monitor specific areas on different days.
An augmented reality interface makes it simple to locate your child, with a distance indicator popping up on-screen as you pan your phone around an area.
While Trax Play doesn’t offer any cellphone-style capabilities, it works in 33 countries, including the USA, Canada, UK, much of Europe and Australia, without any additional fees, making it ideal for vacationers.