Keeping track of your kids or elders can be quite a difficult task, especially if they love to explore a lot. It might seem weird and awkward for some, but you can make use of devices that alow tracking of kids’ and elders’ location, as well as applications. We’re not sure if children and older relatives will aprove of this, but it’s definitely going to give you more control over their actions.
And most of the time, it’s not even about the things that your kids can do but about the dangers and the people surrounding them. Imagine that your 10-years old son is going on the Halloween evening trick-or-treating and he’s not back when he should be. Of course, you start panicking and wondering where he might be. A children tracking device can help immensely in this situation.
Best tracking devices for kids and elders
Personally, I don’t know how I’m going to watch over my kids when I won’t be near them. A tracking tool is a good idea, but it might be a big issue to convince your kids to carry it around with them, not to mention your parents. So, try to explain to them that it’s important for you to know where they are not in order to control their activities but to react immediately if something bad happens. Once you’ve managed to accomplish that, you can start looking at the best tracking device you might need.
AmberAlert is one of the best personal GPS trackers that you can use to keep track of your kid or even of your older parent, as well. After you attach the tracking device, you can install an app for your smartphone (iOS & Android) and check whenever you want where your kid is located. Or you can use the dedicated web portal to do that. The child can also press an SOS button, if he’s in trouble.
If you don’t want to check everytime the location of your children, you can enable breadcrumbing which will notify you at selected intervals. You can also set a speed alert, thus, if your kid or older relative or just somebody that you need to be aware of, is inside a vehicle that’s moving too fast, you’ll be notified about that, as well. And if your child isn’t carrying his phone, you can speak to him through the device.
There are multiple pricing options, which are made flexible according to your budget. You can watch the video below to understand how to use the device.
SecuraTrac is one of the leading companies when it comes to tracking children and elderly people. They have two products – the SecuraPAL Guardian and the LifeTrac Mobile Protector. Both devices are equally good and the price difference isn’t that big, the SecuraPAL Guardian currently selling for $188 and the Mobile Protector for $198. Let’s see what they come with.
SecuraPAL Guardian – what I especially like about this GPS tracking unit is that it is rugged & weather-proof, which means it should resist to bad weather conditions. Besides being a global GPS locator, it is also a very basic mobile phone perfectly suitable for kids and elders.
It is very light, at 2.5 ounces and very small – around 1/2 inch thick. Just like the device from AmberAlert, it also allows sending of SOS and notifications when the battery is running low. There are also mobile apps for this (iOS, Android, BlackBerry).
LifeTrac MobileProtector – the 2nd product from SecureTrac is also resistent to extrem conditions but its plus over the PAL Guardian is that it has a longer battery life – almost 4 days of ongoing use at 15 minute reporting intervals.
The device is also integrated with Central Monitoring Stations in the U.S. You can also store contacts and numbers. It also has inactivity, speed and battery alerts. You will also get Turn-by-Turn Directions to the location of the LifeTrac MobileProtector from the dedicated webpage or through the mobile application.
You can also check this video which shows how to use the devices.
Aetrex GPS shoes
This is one of the most interesting and innovative ways of keeping track of your loved ones. Instead of making them carry a piece of hardware with them, what about putting that piece of hardware directly into their shoes? The Aetrex Navistar GPS Footwear System is a great way to be aware of the location of your family without them being bothered by this. Of course, the diversity of shoes isn’t that big – you only have two color and two styles.
But what matters the most is the security of your loved ones and, apparently, many folks are ready to pay a pretty buck for that. The shoes cost $300 and that’s only for the shoes. You also have to pay a monthly plan for the tracking system – $35 for a 30 minutes reporting interval and $40 for a minutes reporting interval. Check the video below of the Aetrex tracking shoes in action.
There are many, many other GPS tracking devices out there, so, when looking for a specific one, be sure to worry about its size, weight and battery life. These are utterly important factors that weigh a lot in your decision. Here are some more choices, if these 3 feature above don’t meet your demands.
- Spark Nano 3.0 GPS Tracker – advanced tracking device, currently at $170
- Zoombak Car & Family locator – one of the best rated on the market, at $150
- Mommy I’m Here – child locators starting at $35
- Giggle Bug – very basic toddler tracker currently at $7
- Toddler tag child locator – up to 150 feet covering, currently at $20
- iTrack 2.0 – 2 month battery, $200
- SleuthGear iTrail – passive GPS logger, $189
- S911-ST – GPS Tracking Bracelet, $359
Best apps to keep track of kids and older ones
If your children, older parent or relative is already using an iPhone, Android smartphone, tablet or something else, then it might be even easier to track them, provided that they carry their handsets with them. And there are A LOT of such applications that can prove to be quite handy. Most of the above tracking devices also come with companion apps. Here are some of the best apps that you can install on smartphones/tablets and keep a close eye on beloved ones.
Life360 is one of the most reputed names when it comes to tracking applications. Currently, according to them, there are more than 33 million people across the world that are using their services. Life360 allows you to keep track of your entire family, not just your kids or parents. You need to check-in in order for your folks to see you on the map. The same map displays nearby police stations, hospitals and even dangerous zones.
If something goes wrong, you can make use of the Panic Alert which will notify your family about your location. To take communication to another level, there is also a chat option included. All this comes with the free app. If you choose the premium version, which comes at $5/month, you get the following additional features:
- 24/7 Live Advisor
- Instant Roadside Assistance
- Unlimited Places
- Non-Smartphone Lookups
- Stolen Phone Protection
NQ Family Guardian
The NQ Family Guardian is a more complex tool that allows parents not only to monitor the location of their kids or, why not, elders, but also the activities performed on the device. So, if you were looking for a tracking application with some extra monitoring features, then this might be the right answer.
The application allows you to set geographical fences for your kids, so whenever they step out of that zone, you will be notified. Also, as with many other apps, there is a panic alert button. You can also see the location of your kids without them having to check in because, hey, they are kids, and they’ll most likely forget or just won’t bother to hit that button so many times. But what makes this kids tracking app special is the name behind it, NQ Mobile being one of the leading mobile security companies.
There is a drawback, unfortunately, and that is the fact that currently, there is only an Android application available.
Family Tracker is another useful application which is meant to help you keep track of your kids, parents or anybody else that you love or look after. It has that nice feature of passively sending notifications, without having to check in. And it also doesn’t bother the receiver, which receives a “stealth ping”. The makers of the app also praise the fact that the application has virtually no impact on the battery lifespan.
- Send free texts between phones, even across borders
- Allows to find lost or stolen phones
- Share location on Facebook, Twitter, Google+
- Works on tablet
- Allows to track vehicles, shipments besides humans
- Works anywhere in the world
iPhone users can always use the Find My iPhone feature to either recover their lost phone or, why not, to see its location on the map. If you’ve been using a trustworthy tracking application and you want to share it with us, feel free to do so in the comments section! And check some more handy tracking apps below.
- MamaBear iOS/Android
- Sprint Family Locator
- SMS Tracker
- AT&T Family Map
- Verizon Family Locator