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Choosing Child GPS Locators

The modern world is full of uncertainty, and no small amount of danger. Things that our parents and grandparents took for granted, like walking to school and playing unsupervised until dark, can seem foolhardy in retrospect, as many parents try to protect their own kids from threats as diverse as bullying and Internet predators. Some tech-savvy parents are turning to so-called child GPS locators to track their children and make sure they remain safe.

There are a number of things to consider when shopping for a child GPS system, some practical and others more intangible. Every parent will need to evaluate his or her need for a GPS tracking system, and whether or not to tell the child he or she is being tracked.

Some child GPS systems allow surreptitious monitoring of young people, providing parents with an extra tool they can use to make sure their kids are not engaging in risky activities. One example of such a system is a hidden camera placed inside the family car.

Many parents of teenage drivers are turning to these systems to keep their kids safe behind the wheel and get a heads up about any dangerous behaviors their kids are engaging in. Other parents prefer a more direct approach to monitoring their teenage drivers, mounting a visible camera in the car and reviewing video footage with the teen on a regular basis.

Child GPS locators can also take the form of GPS-enabled wristwatches and cell phones. These types of GPS systems are extremely practical and cost-effective, since they provide two important benefits at once.

Giving your child or grandchild a GPS-enabled watch provides a way to track his or her movements without being too obvious. You do not even have to tell the young person that the watch contains a GPS sensor. The same is true with cell phones, although most young people probably already know that GPS technology is built into the latest cell phones.

GPS watches can have another important benefit. Some GPS-enabled watches include a special panic button, which can be used to notify the authorities in case of an attempted abduction or other crime. Equipping older kids with such a watch provides an extra layer of protection in an increasingly dangerous and interconnected world.

Wristbands and bracelets can also be turned into child GPS locators, although there is no guarantee that your child or teen will wear the bracelet all the time. Parents who want a surreptitious monitoring system can embed a special GPS chip in a favorite bracelet, locket or other piece of jewelry, or even in a wristband.

Parents should look for a GPS locator chip with a strong signal, and one that is water resistant, especially in the summertime, when kids are unlikely to take their jewelry off before a dip in the ocean or a friend's backyard pool.

Advances in GPS tracking technology just keep getting better, and as time goes by it should become easier and easier for parents to keep track of their kids and what they are doing. Using a child GPS locator can provide parents with peace of mind and security, as well as tools they can use in the event of an emergency.

Finding the right child GPS system for your family means carefully evaluating your needs and considering a number of factors, including the ages of your children and your specific safety concerns.

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