Oct 14, 2016
GPS Tracking Devices For Kids: What You Should Know
Did you know that, according to the FBI, a child goes missing every 40 seconds in the United States*?
I think one of a parent’s biggest worries is losing their child and not knowing whether they’re dead or alive – especially considering how easy it is for a child to go missing. A child can vanish in a variety of ways whether it’s on their way to school, at the park, shopping with you, in the middle of a natural disaster, dramatic event, etc. It really can happen to anybody, which is why we’re lucky to live in an era where GPS tracking devices are being integrated into wearables for children – keeping them that much safer in the event of an emergency.
What Is A GPS Tracking Device?
A GPS tracking device is a product that traces the location of its wearer by pinpointing his or her longitude, latitude, course direction and ground speed through a grid of satellites orbiting the Earth.
Is GPS Tracking An Invasion Of My Child’s Privacy?
The question of whether or not GPS trackers are an invasion of your child’s privacy is a heavily debated one with multiple experts weighing in on both sides of the fence.
For example, Pam Cowburn, communications director of the Open Rights Group believes “parents need to teach their children to be independent and to be able to cope with risks and dangers.”
Which might suggest that GPS devices prevent children from having the opportunity to navigate their way out of trouble should they end up losing their parents within a large crowd or however. But is that an exercise you’d really like your child to participate in despite having the resources to help out?
I personally don’t think that GPS trackers hinder children’s ability to cope with risks and dangers, given that they would still need to exercise caution when asking adults for help locating their parents and maintain composure in the meantime.
I’m also inclined to believe that parents who plan to teach safety precautions would be doing it whether or not they had this sort of technology at their disposal, but I digress.
Another popular argument suggests that GPS trackers impose on children’s right to privacy, and the freedom to feel like they’re not consistently being watched.
Adrian Harmel, founder of children’s GPS wearable Weenect, maintains his view that wearable trackers actually provide children with the autonomy they crave while simultaneously giving parents enough confidence to loosen their grip.
What Are The Best GPS Tracking Devices Out There?
If you’re interested in getting a GPS tracking device for your child, a few of our favourite tech sites have published reviews on some of the best ones on the market!