Five Great Wearable Technologies That Can Help Keep Track of Your Child
Almost every parent has experienced the heart stopping feeling of turning around and finding that your child has wandered away. It happened to me when my son was young and I was buying dog food. In the time that it took me to load the bag into the bottom of the cart, he slid over the piles of dog food and hid in the space between the bags and the wall. I can still remember the panic and then the relief when I heard that small muffled “I’m hiding” as I frantically called his name.
For parents who have kids who are prone to wander, there are some great wearables that are designed to help. Here are five that I really like, listed according to cost.
The FiLIP 2 is a wrist band that works with Android and iOS smart phones. It has a GPS locator and can make and receive calls. One thing I really like about this band is that you can set up SafeZones, and will receive a notification if the child enters or leaves the SafeZone. Parents can set up a list of up to five preprogrammed phone numbers so the child can scroll through the list and call by touching a button. Some cons, the device can receive but not send texts, cannot call 911.
Cost, $149.99 on Amazon plus a monthly service fee through AT&T of $10.00. I should note that you need a smartphone for the app, but the phone does NOT have to be on AT&T service.
While the Pocket Finder may look simple, it is one of the best locating trackers available. The app lets you see the location of the tracker on a map on your smartphone or tablet. It sends out near real-time alerts if the child is out of zone. This is also great for pets! It also has a tap alert where a child can send an SOS message by tapping the device three times on a hard surface. It also has an accelerometer which alerts parents if a pre-set speed is exceeded, alerting, for example, if a child is traveling in a car when they should be walking.
Cost $129.95 on Amazon plus a monthly service plan of $12.95.
The Guardian Angel is a Tag that uses Bluetooth rather than GPS. It has a Master base and up to four slave tags. Parents have three distances that they can choose and when the tag gets out of the range, an alarm will go off and a row of LED lights will indicate the direction where they are. Great for at the park, and a good deal for families with more than one child.
Cost $124.00 on Amazon for the four set. $110.00 for the three set. $90.00 for the two set
The Amber Alert is another GPS Locator that has one special feature. It will send a notification to parents and caregivers if the child is within 500 feet of a registered sex offender. It also has an accelerometer that will text and email parents when a pre-set speed is passed. Children can send and receive calls and can send an SOS alert. While it’s not “fun” looking, the Amber Alert can be worn on a strap, lanyard or carried in a pocked or backpack. The device is black, but has colored faceplates that can be purchases as an accessory.
Cost $99.99 on Amazon plus a monthly service plan through AT&T starting at $10.00 a month. (Again, the app uses smart phones, but the phone does NOT have to be on AT&T service.
Another proximity band, My Buddy Tag has one feature that I have not seen on any other bands. When the Buddy Tag is submerged for more than five seconds, it will send an alert to help prevent drowning. It also has a panic button so your child can alert you when they need help. The band can be easily removed so that the tag can be placed in a pocked or attached to a shoelace.
Cost $39.99 on Amazon
Using technology to help keep your kids safe can give some peace of mind. There are so many new options available that there is sure to be one that will work for you.