Keeping an eye on your little ones can be difficult at times but modern technology has made the job a bit easier. There are now a wide range of safety wearables that are specifically designed for kids. The ones that use radio-waves are great for short distance monitoring. Others are more sophisticated and use a GPS system to pinpoint exactly on your smartphone map the location of your child.
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By using these lightweight devices, parents can stay connected with their children throughout the day. While it all may all sound a little Big Brother-ish, it is an interesting use of technology to give parents peace of mind. We imagine these devices will be particularly handy for kids who are just starting to get into new routines, like attending a new school or walking around independently for the first time without their mum or dad.
With so many great options on the market today, it can be difficult to choose the right one to suit your needs. To help you make the right choice, we have compiled an overview of some of the best locator and GPS trackers for kids safety. Each device on the list includes a separate set of features, and a unique price tag. We recommend considering everything before making a final decision.
In addition to being a regular watch, this colorful, smart locator offers two-way voice calls, text messaging and SafeZones. It is designed to give your kids freedom while giving you greater peace of mind.
Flip 2 uses a unique blend of GPS, GSM, and Wi-Fi to help you locate your child both indoors and out. You can set up to five SafeZones and receive a notification when your child enters or leaves any of them. For multiple children, just set up a profile for each.
Kids can make two-way voice calls thanks to a built-in speakerphone. Using the smartphone app, a parent can create a contact list with up to 5 preprogrammed phone numbers. To make a call, your child can scroll though the list, select the name, and call with just a touch of a button. The device also allows two-way text messaging.
The wristband, which was designed for kids ages 4 to 11, is worn securely closed or open and the size can be adjusted as your kids grow. The tracker is controlled by an iOS or Android App which allows you to view location maps, create and manage SafeZones, manage and set contacts, and send text messages to your child.
Those who live outside of the United States are out of luck – the device is currently only available in America.
Tinitell was created by Mats Horn in Stockholm, who came up with the idea back in 2012. To obtain funds, he launched a project on Kickstarter which eventually raised more than $60,000. The device combines a voice-recognition wrist phone with live map monitoring features.
The rugged rubberised design is great for playtime. Instead of a delicate screen, Tinitell features a single button in the middle, and a plus and minus button on the side. The watch uses voice recognition to allow children to call one of 12 pre-assigned phone contacts. These are pre-programmed into your app, so you can choose who your child is able to talk to. For example, if a child presses the button and says ‘dad’, the watch will call the pre-assigned number linked to that particular voice label.
While you’ll have to buy your own separate micro SIM card, Tinitell wrist phones are also fitted with GPS, Wifi and mobile mast technology, so that you can see at a glance exactly where your child is. More advanced features are controlled by you via the accompanying smartphone app, which can be used to see the location of your children.
While the watch is not completely waterproof, it is splash proof and can withstand quick dips in water. All in all, this is a great little gadget for parents who want voice connection with their children without the bells and whistles of more sophisticated products.
The hereO GPS watch is a real-time connected GPS tracking device, created for children three years and up. The watch comes with a build-in SIM-Card, which automatically connects to a local carrier in more than 120 countries.
This water resistant and durable device comes in a variety of designs and colors. Battery life last up to 72 hours between each charge. The parent receives a notification when the battery is low.
The watch offers a number of useful features. It allows you to view the location of your child directly on your mobile, via the hereO smartphone app; you can set it up to send you alerts when you child enters or leaves frequent visit places; it has a ‘panic alert’ button which sends the child’s location to all family members; when the watch is removed an emergency alert is sent to all family members; and finally, you can view where you child has been throughout the day.
While there are a number of child tracking products and services, the HereO GPS was designed with small children in mind, allowing it to fit properly and comfortably on tiny wrist and is more than 1/2 the size smaller than any other wearable tracking products in the market.
These fashionable, water resistant bracelets, come in a number of different interchangeable styles and contain GPS connectivity. This allows parents to track the location of their child at any time via the Safe Mobile App or online dashboard and receive a notification when the child leaves a pre-set boundary.
The Paxie band also tracks activity to encourage healthy and active lifestyles, and monitors the wearer’s heart rate for sudden spikes associated with allergic reactions or panic attacks. With cases of children suffering from heatstroke or infants/toddlers accidentally left behind in cars making the news each year, for added safety, the SAFE Kids Paxie band notifies the parent if the temperature around the band becomes excessively high or low.
The tracker comes in several sizes and is designed for children ages 18 months to 12 years of age. The battery life is an impressive 36 hours and can be charged via a micro-USB cable
The Amber Alert GPS Locator is a pocket sized safety device that offers two-way voice communication, an SOS button and more.
The tracker is water-resistant and can be worn around the neck, on the wrist, or placed in your child’s backpack. You can track your little one online or from the mobile app with up to 5-foot accuracy – location information updated every five minutes.
The device has a rather unique feature that separates it from the pack. It is the only safety location device that sends parents an alert when their child is within 500 feet of a registered sex offender.
The tracker measures just 7cm and its rechargeable lithium battery runs for up to 40 hours on a single charge. Slip it into your child’s pocket and you’ll be able to check up on his/her location at any time. And if the little one ever has a panic attack, he or she simply hits the SOS button and a message is sent to the parent and up to ten authorised users.
The Weenect system is comprised of a 6cm water-resistant tracker, protective pouch and a USB charger. Due to its small size it can easily fit in a bag or pocket.
The device gives your kids the means to alert you of any problem by pressing the SOS button. They can even use the tracker to phone you. Like most other kids safety gadgets, Weenect allows you to set up “area zones”. You will then receive a smartphone alert when their child has arrived or left a designated zone.
Tracking can be performed using a live map, a compass with distance countdown or by holding your smartphone up and, assuming you’re pointing the phone’s camera in the right direction, a little icon pops up on the screen showing you the child’s whereabouts.
Weenect has a seven day battery life, can be used in more than 68 countries globally and uploads location data each and every minute. This makes it a pretty reliable option whether kids are down at the park or playing at the beach while on holiday. It works in all of Europe plus a few outposts, including Korea, Madagascar, Australia, Ghana, India and Malaysia.
Trax is probably the most sophisticated GPS-based tracking system for kids, but it’s also one of the most expensive. The slim 55 x 38mm tag comes with two silicone clips for attaching to clothes, and one for threading onto a belt.
Trax features a built in gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer and a pre-paid SIM that offers open roaming in over 30 countries. There’s also a mini-USB cable that lets you charge the device from any standard USB adapter.
Amongst its many features, Trax allows you to quickly locate your kid through your smartphone’s built-in camera. Similar to the Weeniest system, you can even use augmented reality to find your kid. Pan the phone around you and the tracker with a distance indicator will turn up when you point in the direction where your child is.
You can use Geofences to get an alert when a tracker enters or leaves a specified area and use scheduling if you want to monitor certain areas on specific days. Trax comes with a free App that is intuitive and easy to use. With one push, you will be able to follow your trackers in real-time and there is no limit to how many devices you can add.
My Buddy Tag is a bluetooth enabled device that helps parents keep their children safe in a number of different ways. The little gadget provides an out of range alert; water safety alert to help prevent accidental drowning (when it is submerged in water for more than 5 seconds); panic alarm; and personal ID to help reunite a lost child with the parents.
My Buddy Tag comes in a variety of different designs. You can, for example, purchase disposable silicone wristbands for field trips, as well as Velcro or terry cloth wristbands for regular use.
An added safety feature is an email alert with ‘Last Seen Location’ feature. This sends you an email with the date, the time, and last known map location (when the child wearing Buddy Tag is totally out of the bluetooth range from the phone). It is worth nothing, the range for the device is 40 feet indoors, and 80-120 feet outdoors, so it is limited.
There are multiple ways to wear the device. You can even remove the round tracker from the wristband and place in a pocket or tie to a shoelace. If you have several children, you can track them simultaneously and identify each tag by name using the smartphone app.
Pocket Finder is a great solution for families with school-age children who may need constant or special supervision.
This pocket-sized GPS tracker helps you accurately locate and keep track of your little ones by relaying mapped coordinates of their location to the app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can view updated locates as quickly as every 2 minutes.
The device also features a unique “tap alert,” which allows children to send an SOS message by tapping the device three times on hard surface, as well as an accelerometer that alerts parents when a pre-set speed is exceeded.
If your child is prone to removing or breaking wearables, the PocketFinder is about as accident-proof as wearables come. The rugged location device that can be worn on the wrist or dropped in a backpack or pocket, and it boasts a battery life of up to four days.
PocketFinder is an excellent choice for those who travel abroad. They offer both a domestic (United States, Canada and Mexico) monthly service plan for $12.95, as well as an international plan for $29.95. If you know you are going on vacation, you can choose to modify your plan for as little as a week at a pro-rated cost.
We are spoiled for choice when it comes to trackers for small children. However, if you want something to track teens or middle-schoolers, your options are fairly slim. This is where the Caref GPS Phone watch comes in – a GPS enabled watch that allows parents to track the location of their teens.
Caref can call three numbers right from the phone. Mom and Dad can set up safe numbers on their app that tells their child’s Caref Watch to accept calls and texts only from people who Mom and Dad choose.
Its device features geofencing so you can be notified if the child leaves a designated area and 3 hour location breadcrumbs so you can see where they have been in case of emergency. If your child ever needs help, he/she simply presses the SOS button and it will place a call to three preset numbers (in order). A push notification alert is also sent to those three numbers as well as a email alert.
The Caref GPS Phone Watch is waterproof with a 24 hour battery life. It comes in green, pink, yellow, purple or black.
The QQ Watch is a wearable phone and locator for kids that can make and receive calls easily. Add up to 5 family members and 16 friends via the app. With Wechat mode, a child can make friends via “People Nearby”. You can send voice chat or messages as well, without calling.
The QQ Watch uses a unique blend of GPS, GSM, WiFi, G-sensor and Camera to allow parents to locate their child, both indoor and out. By opening the app, you can see your child’s location on a map at anytime. For multiple children using multiple devices, simply create a separate profile for each child and you can keep an eye on everyone on a single map.
In case of an emergency, your child can press the SOS button. You can also set up safety zones or virtual radius around a location, such as home, school or a friend’s house. Family members will receive notifications when your child steps are outside these designated areas.
There are two separate versions of the watch – an EU Version and a US Version. The EU version works in most countries in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Oceania and Asia (apart from Japan, South Korea). The US Version works in USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and some American countries.