Real-Time GPS For Kids
Tracking Children With GPS Devices
After a popular battery commercial aired across the United States showing a mother lose her child, only to find the young boy by using a GPS monitoring device designed specifically for child recovery purposes, many people began to wonder:
During the short moments after the mother realized her son was missing, she frantically began calling out his name. She then went to her bag and pulled out a child locating device that used GPS tracking technology to quickly find her son’s location. The GPS monitoring data showed that her son was only a short distance away. As the mother was holding the GPS tracker, she turned to her side and say her son. The commercial then panned to the young boy walking back safely, holding a red balloon in his hand.
Although the commercial had a happy ending, sadly, many parents lose their children everyday and do not find their kids.
Did the commercial suggest buying a personal GPS would keep any child safe?
How Child GPS Tracking Systems Work
Most child locating devices come in the form of wrist-watches or are portable with clips for attachment to a backpack, belt or pocket. The child locating tracker systems use satellite technology to record position and transfer the data over cellular networks. The data from most GPS systems is transmitted in intervals of either 5 seconds, 10, seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 5 minutes. The recorded information can then be viewed over a personal computer or handheld device.
GPS Kid Tracking Systems Not Perfect
When many parents who watched the controversial commercial were led to believe that purchasing a GPS personal tracker would mean that if their kids were ever lost they’re location could easily be found within seconds. Unfortunately, with all the positives that come with real-time GPS units they are not a full-proof security measure for child-safety. Parents need to be aware that GPS tracking devices do have some deficiencies. These can include:
1) Weak battery life.
2) Performance failure in areas of weak cellular coverage.
3) Manipulation by users who can simply turn the tracker off.
Therefore, parents need to do their homework before investing in a child locating device that uses GPS tracking technology. Some premium trackers are available that have extended battery life options, or motion senors that replace on/off switch features and relieve many of the deficiencies most GPS monitoring systems have.
Would You Use a Child GPS Tracker?
GPS trackers can give parents something that is priceless, peace of mind that their child or children are safe. Having a GPS monitoring system equipped to your child will make them safer than not having a GPS tracking system, but by no means will the technology guarantee safety.
Will personal tracker systems eventually become small and advanced enough to be the safeguard parents are looking for?
Would you use a GPS tracking system to monitor your child if there was a monthly service fee?
How would you feel if your child was equipped with a personal GPS? Would you feel safe?