We’d all love to live in a world where we can send our kids out the door to play all day without a care in the world. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Luckily, technology allows us to keep an eye on our kids even when they’re not right in front of us. Give your kids a bit of freedom while keeping your mind at ease with these location tracking devices and apps.
The Trax tracking system is great for keeping up with kids who are too young to own a smartphone. The lightweight GPS tracker can be clipped on to the child’s clothes or placed in a backpack. Parents have the ability to create geofences and be alerted when the child leaves or enters the area. Other features include a speed indicator, push notifications even when the app is turned off and an augmented reality mapping feature to help locate a missing child. (GPS tracker: $129; App, FREE; iOS & Android)
Life 360 is a free tool for parents whose main concern is knowing their teen’s location, rather than monitoring their messaging and social media activity. This app allows users to create customizable circles (family and friends) then shares the location to other circle members, viewable on a map. The app provides in-app messaging, a check-in notification system, and a panic button that sends a phone call, email and text message with a GPS location to circle members. A premium subscription is also available and provides additional features. (Free; iOS and Android)
While not specifically a child-tracking device, the StoneTether can track anything – keys, wallet and children – to up to 500 feet away. This is a good option for family vacations at amusement parks or other attractions where children could get separated from their loved ones. (Preorders available; $25 per tracker)