Have you ever said to yourself, "I wish I could track my kid through the day?" With modern GPS (Global Positioning System) technology, you can!
What is GPS?
GPS is a navigation system that uses a network of 24 satellites that were originally placed in orbit by the Department of National Defense. Originally developed for military use, this tracking system has been available for public use since the 1980s. The system works in all weather and is available on a 24-hour basis.
Stranger Danger and Kids
The idea of a child getting lost or being abducted is something that all parents are concerned about. In the past, parents talked to their children about stranger danger and how to avoid dangerous situations. Back then, there was a sense that people looked out for each other to a greater extent than what happens now. People knew their neighbors and who their children were spending time with.
Now, things have changed. Two-income families are much more common, and many people don't even know their neighbors' names, much less have a relationship with them. Parents are more likely to consider turning to modern technology to keep track of their children's whereabouts.
Missing Person Statistics
According to the National Crime Information Center, there were 814,967 missing persons files opened in 2007. As of December 31 of that year, the organization had 105,229 active files involving missing persons. Over half of the files (51.93 percent) involved a child under the age of 18, and a further 11.75 percent of the missing person files were for a young person between the ages of 18-20.
Track My Kid With GPS
GPS systems used to keep track of children are relatively small. They are available in different styles. Some of them are made to be worn like a pager, while other GPS devices can be attached to a child's clothing or backpack.
Examples of GPS Systems for Children
Here are some examples of devices that parents who want to "track my kid" by GPS can use:
- WorldTracker GPRS
The WorldTracker GPRS is offered by Tracking the World. This device is approximately the same size as a set of car keys. Not only is it compact in size, but it is highly accurate as well. According to Tracking the World, when the WorldTracker GPS is activated, it can pinpoint a person's location to within three meters.
This unit uses digital mapping and Google mapping to show results. You can get an updated location report very 15 seconds. Parents can also set the unit up to send an alert if the child leaves a predetermined area. It is lightweight, durable, and comes with a water-resistant case.
- Spot Satellite Personal Tracker
The Spot Satellite Personal Tracker is a hand-held device that is marketed toward people who enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, boating, hiking, fishing, and snowmobiling. This device allows the user to send a message to emergency response units when he or she needs assistance. A clear view of the sky is needed to send a message, which means this unit cannot be used from inside a structure or a vehicle.
In a non-emergency situation, the Spot Satellite Personal Tracker lets the user send his or her location to a list of contacts. The people on the contact list can track the user's progress using Google maps. If your child enjoys being out of doors or if you are planning a camping trip, tracking device may be an option for you.
- Amber Alert GPS
The Amber Alert GPS is small enough that it can be placed inside a backpack or a purse. It can also be put inside a vehicle or attached to a child's wrist, ankle, or an item of clothing. Once the device is in place, you call or send a text message to the AAGPS device, and you can track your child's location on your cell phone (must be Web-enabled) or from your home computer.
So, if the phrase "track my kid" applies to you, let technology make that wish come true!