Why you should consider a GPS kids watch or device
There are many reasons why people might want to purchase a tracking device for their children. Some parents purchase them for behavioural reinforcement, while others use them for safety reasons.
These are the top 5 reasons parents should consider purchasing a GPS tracking device:
- Special needs:
Children with autism and other mental or behavioural disabilities have a tendency to wander away from home or run away from their caregivers, leaving them especially vulnerable to injury, emotional trauma, exposure to the elements or even drowning. Ensuring that they have a GPS tracking device, can ensure that these children are safe from harm and can easily be found should they wander away from their homes.
When taking the family on an outing, it can be tricky to try and keep track of children, especially in a crowd. Slipping a GPS tracker into children’s pockets, or equipping them with a GPS watch, allows some peace of mind. It is important, in these instances, to ensure that you have chosen a device that can give your child’s location in real-time, in case something happens. It might also be a good idea to use a GPS tracker when camping or hiking. When thinking of using a GPS kids watch while hiking, it would be prudent to look for a watch that allows children to send an SOS message even when there is no cell phone signal.
- Stranger danger:
Many parents work and rely on lift clubs to take their children to and from school, and even to different sporting fixtures. In order for these parents to have ease of mind, they may want to consider a GPS kids watch to check whether their children have arrived at their intended destination safely. It is comforting knowing that a simple GPS device or kids watch could save your child from potential predators, but whether the GPS device is effective or not depends on whether the abductor discovers the device. Most of the GPS devices are visible, and while some trackers alert the parent to when they have been removed, they won’t be able to track your child’s movements once it has been taken off. A sobering statistic, according to the Nemours Foundation, is that 75% of children abducted are taken by somebody they know. This also means that the abductor knows about the tracking device. Many GPS kids watches and trackers enable the parent to set a geo-fence perimeter and any time the tracker leaves the boundary, parents are alerted. This will give parents a headstart should the unthinkable occur and your child is abducted. Parents must be reminded, however, that GPS kids watches and trackers are no substitute for parental supervision, and shouldn’t be lulled into a false sense of security nor give their children an exaggerated fear of being abducted.
- Second-guessing your sitter
Nanny-cams have been around for a while now, and with the advent of these, came a series of questions over the ethics and legalities for using one. Unlike cameras, GPS kids watches and devices can’t show parents what the nanny or babysitter is up to; parents can only track their movements. Some trackers can be connected to the pram or stroller without the nanny’s knowledge, allowing you to see where they are at all times. If you feel that the nanny is taking your child on unauthorised outings, however, it might be time for a new nanny and not for different trackers.
These are just a few ways in which GPS kids watches and trackers can be used. What is important to note, however, is that parents need to inform their children that their watches or devices are there to keep them safe from harm and not, as some children might point out, because their parents don’t trust them. Parents need to ensure that their children understand the reasons behind the use of the GPS kids watches or trackers.