GPS Technology for Tracking Your Kids

It's every parent's worst nightmare: a lost or missing child. But today, if we can track a lost iPhone down to its GPS coordinates, can we do the same for children? And does that kind of technology hold the key to preventing terrible endings to child abductions?

Perhaps. At the very least, GPS technology -- most commonly used for helping you get from point A to point B -- might be able to help you track and locate your child in the event that they go missing. What's more, some new tools on the market can also give your child the chance to call for help if they need it.

How It Works

Personal GPS tracking device would work in the same way that GPS works for your car. The difference is that it takes far less battery power. It's not giving directions; rather, a personal GPS tracking device occasionally transmits data to let a third party know where the device is located. Battery time is contingent upon how often the device sends those tracking communications.

There are three different ways you can track your child using GPS technology:

Some devices offer all of these functions in a single package. They're not cheap; the devices typically retail for more than $100, and tracking is usually a subscription-based service that you pay for every month.

Still, the applications are myriad: What works for your child can also work for elderly relatives, special needs adults or even dogs with a habit of running away. All you have to do is make sure that the person or pet in question is wearing the device and that it's properly charged. Sound like a good way to put an end to some of those parental anxieties?

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Story Created: Apr 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Story Updated: Apr 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM