How to Choose the Right Child Tracker

A Child Wearing a Backpack with an Attached Child Tracking Device

A Child Tracking Device Attached to a Backpack. Source

Child tracking devices are available in a variety of brands and features, which can make it a difficult decision to choose which child tracking device to buy.

Child tracking devices are often viewed as security investments for a child. When investing in a child’s security, there are basic features and safety precautions that need to be considered in order to make the right choice. Choosing the right child tracker could mean the difference between a botched investment and a purchase that genuinely helps ensure your child’s security.

Factors to Consider when Choosing a Child Tracker

Deciding on which child tracker to purchase needs research in order to find a good fit. Child trackers are appealing because they help parents to know where their children are, which helps ease some of the burden. These key factors need to be carefully examined when deciding what gadget you’ll choose to help ensure your child’s safety.

  • Location System
    Child tracking devices utilize either GPS (Global Positioning System) or Bluetooth systems when determining the location of a child. GPS location services are highly preferable in comparison to Bluetooth services. GPS services can be combined with other nifty GPS-enabled features such as data logging, Geo-fencing capabilities and “Live Location” features.
  • Range
    Range is arguably one of the most important features to consider when weighing in on potential child trackers. As a parent, will the tracker be intended to cover a small proximity like journeys to and from school? Or would the tracker be intended to cover wider proximities like cross-country or international locations? Understanding the desired range of the product can help streamline choices when obtaining a child tracker.
  • Budget
    Aside from the initial cost of the tracking device, many GPS enabled trackers require a monthly service fee. In some cases, these trackers require a year’s payment in advance for location services. Some GPS enabled trackers also require recurrent hardware upgrades to function at optimal levels. It is advisable to consider how much parents could spend on a monthly basis – remembering that the fee is intended to help ensure their child’s safety.
  • Design
    The design of a child tracker is a crucial point to consider. Many parents prefer inconspicuous trackers as they cannot be easily identified and taken off in hostile situations. Trackers which resemble everyday kid accessories such as wristbands, watches and buttons are a favourable option. Not all parents are on board with letting their kids know they are being tracked, and in situations where tracker design is simpler, it makes it easier to keep the device hidden.
  • Durability
    Child trackers are designed to be worn by kids, who are by nature generally not very mindful of their belongings. Durability is an essential point of consideration when picking a child tracker. It is advisable that parents select trackers made of sturdy materials. This will ensure that trackers are not damaged easily, incurring an extra cost for parents.
  • Battery Life
    The battery life of child tracking devices is a strong point to consider when committing to buy one. Devices with longer battery lives are a favourable option as parents do not have to worry about the device losing battery power when they want to keep an eye on their child’s location.
  • Ease of Use
    Many child trackers are designed to be used by both parents and children. In the event that a child will interact with their parent using the tracking device, it is important that the device purchased is simple and straightforward to use. Complicated devices can be difficult for children to use, especially in an emergency.
  • Features
    The availability of numerous child trackers on the market is directly linked to the wide variety of features these gadgets offer. Depending on the specific concerns of the parents, the additional features of a child tracking device could offer a more secure and satisfying security experience.

When deciding to buy a child tracking device, the wants and needs of a parent have to be carefully examined. All tracking devices are designed to track their wearers, but additional features can increase the desirability of a particular device. Variables such as design features, durability and price can influence the overall usefulness of the device. For such an important purpose, it’s worth spending the extra time to make sure you’re getting a device you can trust.

Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track. Get beyond the marketing messages to the best plan for you.