GPS Locators for Children

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Losing a child, even for a few seconds, can be terrifying for a parent. Even if you know where your children are, GPS locators can add peace of mind. There are various types of GPS tracking systems that are suitable for your child.

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Statistics

Based on the FBI'S missing person statistics, there were 102,764 active missing persons as of December 2008. Of these missing persons, 49.7 per cent were under the age of 18. With the increased uncertainty of society today, GPS locators can help parents address safety concerns.

GPS Watch

If you want to be discreet in tracking your children, a GPS watch might be the best option. Built-in trackers can help locate children. GPS watches look like many other digital watches and the purpose of the watch does not need to be known. With a GPS watch, notifications can be sent directly to your cell phone or e-mail address with the location of the device. An extra feature on some GPS watches is a panic button with automatic tracing, which is beneficial if your child is hurt, feels insecure or is lost.

Wristbands or Ankle Bracelets

Wristband an ankle bracelets can provide a built in GPS device. These are often waterproof. These are often used for younger children because there are not any panic buttons, so younger children will not play with the device and send parents into a panic.

Voice Activated GPS

There are voice activated GPS locators that keep track of kids so that they can be monitored from home. The voice system will first alert parents. If parents are not able to be contacted, there will be an automatic alert sent to authorities. This is especially helpful if medical assistance is needed.

Concealed GPS Chips

If parents want to remain discreet in tracking their kids, a concealed GPS tracker can be placed or concealed in children's belongings, in a bag, the sole of his or her shoe or in another commonly used item. This tracker sends transmissions back to a cell phone or e-mail account, which you choose upon set-up. You also have the ability to choose the frequency and parameters for an update. For instance, if your child leaves the house in the middle of the night, you can have an update sent to you via instant message.

Considerations

When choosing a GPS locator for children, it is important to consider the transmission range, its ease of use, and whether false transmissions can be sent. The FCC started to require that cell phones have GPS capability if manufactured after 2005, so get an updated cell phone and remind your kids to call 911 in an emergency. Consider what features you do not want to give up and compare by cost and durability as well. Make sure that the GPS locator will last and not need to be replaced frequently. Although price may be an issue for many families, it is not possible to put a price tag on a child's safety.

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