In the wake of child abductions, many parents, guardians and caregivers are now turning to the help of technology in the battle to keep children safe. Child tracking devices can monitor a child's location and help parents or authorities locate a missing child in virtually any location.
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Personal Locator Devices
Personal locator devices are available for both adults and children. They are small, often hand-held devices that can be tucked in a pocket or backback. The personal locator device may operate on a GPS signal, or it may transmit a 406MHz signal to a Search and Rescue Satellite system which enables authorities and rescue teams to pinpoint the user's location anywhere on the Earth's surface.
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Cell Phone Locators
Many modern cell phones come with a locator feature built in. It is designed to help rescuers locate a caller who uses the phone to call 911. Providing the locator feature is available and turned on, a generic cell phone can be used to help locate a child who has the phone in his possession. Additionally, a line of cell phones has been created specifically for parents and children. The child's phone has a prominent locator feature built in, allowing the parent to track the child's location from his own phone or from a computer.
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Although the technology is still mostly reserved for pets rather than children, a microchip implant is an option a parent can consider. In pet application, the microchip is implanted directly beneath the pet's skin. It is not harmful and nontoxic. Should the pet go missing, the microchip can be enacted to narrow the pet's location on a map. A microchip can be embedded into a bracelet, a shoe sole or other inconspicuous area that a child abductor wouldn't think to look for.
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Child Locator Devices
Locator devices made specifically for child tracking can appear unassuming and may take the place of a watch or other common item that can be worn on a child's body or clothing. Some devices are not removable and will automatically send an alarm to rescue services if tampering occurs. Many devices can be programmed, and some are linked to a parent's unit. If a child wanders away beyond a predetermined number of feet or yards, the parental device will sound an alarm to notify the parent.
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Many locator devices can show a parent not only where her child is, but where he has been. The daily records can be used to check up on an older child's activities during the day, and they can help parents ascertain where a child has been taken when in the care of another adult.