GPS Tags and Tracking Systems for Kids
I'm paranoid. Let's just get that out of the way before I go any further. The safety of my children (3 little girls) is my first priority. At times I am overprotective. We live in a sick world and I'm not going to deny that. I'm busy being in denial about far too many other things, like the overall fate of the world and the long term effects of parking myself in front of this computer for so many hours a day.
So, the notion of tagging my kids with a little gps tag before heading to the mall or park gives me peace of mind. If they scatter in three different directions when I stop to tie my shoe, I know I'll be able to find them quickly. I no longer wear shoes that need to be tied for precisely this reason, but I am a slave to fashion too, and am sick of wearing shoes that enable me to sprint across a playground at lightening speed.
Have you ever lost one of your kids? For even a moment? If you have, then you know the feeling of anxiety it creates. Using a kids gps system when your precious little ones are out somewhere with Dad isn't a bad idea either, especially if you are convinced that your significant other doesn't keep a close enough eye on little Jack and Jill.
Emergency buttons are standard on some kids GPS tags. They can press the emergency button if something unexpected happens or if they simply can't find you.
Child Tracking Systems
I first fell in love with this idea a few years ago while watching The Pacifier with Vin Diesel. Yes, it was his GPS for kids that I was drooling over, if you can believe it, and his incredible ability to get those kids to listen. He can stop by here anytime.
These are not the types of systems I am suggesting you put on your child, he was a navy seal, after all. The current child tracking systems are far simpler and rather cute.
Here's a clip from The Pacifier , just for fun. Now you will understand why I admire him.
Vin Diesel using GPS for Kids in The Pacifier
i-kids Tracking Mobile Phone
There are various child tracking and GPS tags available, from simple clip on devices for toddlers to advanced cell phone and car trackers that allow a parent to watch online where their teens are going (and at what speed) at any time of the day. Is it right to follow your child's every move well into the teen years? I'm not sure. I'm not there yet.
The following videos illustrate some of the current options on the market.
GPS Product Reviews
Child Tracking Devices
Would you track your teenager's every move?
I'm not sure about tracking a teenager's every move, but I don't have a teen to worry about and obsess over just yet. Only time will tell!
What do you think about gps tags and devices for kids? Is it going overboard? Would they give you peace of mind when you are out with your little ones?