GPS trackers have gained much importance in recent times even if there are some groups who argue about privacy and legality. As long as you do not intrude upon the personal space or extract critical information from others illegally, GPS tracker is pretty much safe to use.
New generation parents are nowadays depending on the GPS trackers to keep track of their young ones and signal immediate help if something really bad happens. With the help of the modern GPS tracker you can also guide your child back to the familiar path if they had lost their way.
With so many varieties and brands of GPS trackers in the market now, it can become a little difficult to choose them. So, here are some points that will guide you to choose the right GPS tracker for your kid.
- Calling systems: Nowadays, many GPS trackers have come up with two-way communication system. This means you can call your child or your child call you in case of any emergency. However, only a certain number of contacts are allowed for the safety of your child. The GPS tracker allows you to save the guardian’s number, and one or two near relatives or family friends. There is also the system of blocking calls from strangers for protection of the kids. It has often been observed that even five and six year olds can easily operate the two-way calling system.
- Waterproof GPS tracker: Make sure the GPS tracker you purchase can resist water. The wearable GPS tracking device should be able to withstand a certain amount of impact on the playgrounds. Or else you would have to limit your child’s playtime even. It is best to choose a tough and waterproof GPS tracker for your kid rather than a fancy one. This way when you go on a trip to the beach, your child will not have to take off the GPS tracking device.
- Wi-Fi support: The GPS trackers often determine the location with the help of Global Positioning System and a combination of cellular signals. It has often been observed, that the cellular signals fail to provide location detection support when indoors. The problem can be solved with Wi-Fi support of the GPS tracking device. The GPS trackers featuring Wi-Fi can help decide the location or GPS signal without cellular signal support.
- Geolocation-based alerts: If your child goes to the school or music class alone, then think how relieved you will be on receiving an alert that your child has reached the destination. The location-based alerts will ping your phone every time your child reaches the destination. This feature will give peace to your mind as you will know when your child arrives or departs from a given location. For working parents who cannot always take their child to school or sports sessions, the location-based alert feature is really dependable.
- Comfortability: The wearable GPS tracker you buy for your kid should offer comfort. The features are most important in case of a GPS tracker, but comfort is also of utmost importance. Your child should not complain that they do not want to wear the tracker just because it is painful. The GPS watch should comfortably sit on your kid’s wrist.
- Battery life: Another thing to check when buying a GPS tracker for your child is that whether it has a good battery life. Usually, the high-quality wearable GPS trackers can last up to 12 to 14 hours. The battery life also depends on the type of use—intense or standard tracking. Some of the GPS trackers also boast of having a long battery life, up to 3-4 days.
- Pre-pay or subscription: As most of the GPS trackers depend on cellular signals, the question of subscription comes up. It is much like using a smartphone where you either pre-pay for the services or pay through subscriptions. You should check out the deals that your network is offering and see what suits you the most. Sometimes, the subscription or pre-pay rates depend on your area of location.
- Normal or intensive tracking: You should buy the GPS tracker for your child after considering whether you want to do normal or intensive tracking. You can install the related app on your smartphone or tablet through which you can check the location. Some of the GPS tracker apps have a web interface that will allow you to connect through any computer. “Geofence” alerts or real-time alerts is one of the features you should look out for when choosing a GPS tracker for your kid.
Features that you also need to check when choosing a GPS tracker for kids include the software and platform. As most of the schools do not allow use of phones and GPS devices during class, you should pick one that has “quiet hours” feature. This feature keeps the tracker silent during instruction periods.