Don’t lose your kids this summer: The best 5 GPS-trackers for children in 2015
Jun25

Don’t lose your kids this summer: The best 5 GPS-trackers for children in 2015

While the first real satellite navigation system was developed by the US Navy in 1959, it wasn’t until 30 years later that the Magellan Corporation release the first handheld GPS device for consumers, the Magellan NAV 1000. Nearly 25 years later, we are using this widespread technology everyday, from Google mapping our commute to driving self-navigating cars. Since our focus is on parenting this month, we’ve selected our top five GPS-trackersg for kids. Whether you prefer your tracker to be worn on the wrist, clipped onto a backpack, or one that features texting and calling (or one or the other — or neither!), we’ve got you and your loved ones covered. Guardian Angel The Guardian Angel from Ardi is the ideal locator for a family with multiple small children. The unit comes with up to four multicolored ladybug shaped locator tags that can be attached to clothing. Instead of utilizing GPS, the tracker operates on a close proximity radio system that alerts the parent when a child (or children) has wandered a set distance away. Locate your little one by simply sweeping the Master receiver over your head until it lights up green, then follow that direction. With up to three alarm distance settings, the device is also triggered on the child so they know that they are wandering too far from mom or dad- potentially a handy learning opportunity for the little one. Again, keep in mind that this gadget is best for smaller children who can’t really wander that far in the first place — think playground or supermarket. The Angel probably wouldn’t be the best choice for an older kid, or one who is more intent on getting lost. However, at only $55 for two trackers and $75 for 4, the Guardian Angel is a cost-effective cute little device that does its job well. FiLIP 2 FiLIP 2 is a combined wearable locator and phone that comes in the form of an adjustable wristwatch, available in four fun colors. The device hooks up to an app on the parent’s phone and, using “a unique blend of GPS, GSM, and WiFi,” provides an accurate location reading of a child. Furthermore, the app allows for creation of multiple child profiles. The phone portion of FiLIP lets the parent preset up to five phone numbers which can be dialed quickly with a tap of a button. Of these contacts, you choose which are “emergency contacts,” meaning that they have the ability to locate and text your child and will also be included in a call rotation should the emergency button be pressed. That’s right: Flip is also capable of text messaging, albeit strictly...

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