Using GPS Tracking To Keep Kids Safe

child with blocksWhen I was younger I never understood why my parents spent so much time worrying about me. In fact, I was probably more annoyed by the way they would ask me a million questions about my day at school, call my friend’s parents and basically micromanage my life. It felt like they did not trust me to do anything or go anywhere alone. As I became older it became more clear that the reason they asked so many questions about my daily life was simply that they cared for me. Now, as a parent myself to a 9-month-old baby, I am experiencing firsthand the real stress associated with loving someone so much that it makes you sometimes feel almost unnecessary worry. It starts the moment they are born. Increases the first drive home from the hospital to home. Spikes when the baby begins to sleep in her own room in her own crib for the first time. Yes the stress feels so real you can taste it, and I imagine that never goes away for a parent. That is why I was intrigued when I heard more and more parents were using personal tracking devices that use GPS technology to monitor their kids as they walk to and from school by placing the GPS monitoring system in a child’s backpack.

What Is Live GPS Tracking?

Live GPS monitoring technology has been around now for nearly two decades and continues to grow in terms of applications from teen driving safety to business vehicle management. Satellites orbiting the Earth from outer space send low level radio signals to the surface of the planet where they are then acquired by GPS receivers. Through this connection locational data such as speed, altitude, acceleration and more are calculated in precise detail. The data housed on the GPS receiver then transmits the data to off-site computer servers where it can be superimposed over satellite images programs such as Google Maps and also be accessed remotely by a user. This technology has been instrumental in helping the military accurately strike a target, motorists navigate from point A to Point B more quickly, businesses effectively manage company vehicles and now parents keep a more watchful eye on their kids.

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Tracking Children With GPS Systems

GPS technology has continued to evolve with trackers becoming more reliable and the online interfaces that showcase live GPS data becoming more user-friendly to those with even little computer expertise. This has resulted in a boom in child tracking solutions designed specifically to help parents monitor their kids 24/7, and one of the most popular child GPS monitoring is a device known as SilverCloud Tag Personal GPS. What the Tag Personal GPS offers is a compact housing that makes it easy for any child to keep the tracker in their pocket or backpack. With the GPS monitoring system in the child’s pocket or backpack parents can then go online from a smart phone or computer to see where their child is at whenever the parent feels the desire to do so. The Tag Personal GPS also comes with a safe zone feature to alert parents through an email or text message if their child has exited that safe zone. This feature is very helpful for parents who want to know when their child left school, an amusement park or any event that could be going on. The reality is that kids can get lost at a place as simple as a grocery store and some kids are not responsible enough to have cell phones. GPS personal monitoring systems give parents the assurance they want and need, but most importantly are cost-effective in price ($1 a day for tracking service).

As a parent, I hope that the worry I feel over my child’s safety will become reduced as they get older but that is highly doubtful. I believe in a proactive parental approach and avoiding potential dangers before they become present so I personally plan to learn more and likely invest in a child GPS tracker once my daughter begins walking and leaving the house on her own.

How do you feel about GPS technology systems used to help parents keep track of their kids?