Most Used Features of Child Trackers

A variety of child trackers modelled after wristwatches

An array of child trackers. Source

Child trackers are GPS (Global Positioning System) or Bluetooth-enabled location software systems which allow parents to hone in on the precise location of their children as a safety precaution.

Child trackers are becoming more popular due to their accuracy in determining the position of the wearer, and because of how many reasons exist for why parents might choose to utilize a tracker for their children. Child trackers often come with a range of other features, which are designed to give otherwise straightforward gadgets increased ability and to make them more desirable for children.

Child trackers are most often powered by GPS (Global Positioning System) or Bluetooth. When coupled with nifty features and designs, this gadget can be used as a well-rounded child safety device.

Top Features of Child Trackers

The market for technology is extremely competitive. With many firms offering the same services, the only factor that differentiates manufacturers from their competitors are the additional features on the base product. Technological firms are constantly looking for ways to stand out from their competitors by offering exclusive and state-of-the-art feature designs to already existing gadgets.

Child tracker users have been noted to favour the following features when obtaining these devices. These features are key and offer maximum utility to consumers.

GPS (Global Positioning Systems)/Bluetooth Capabilities:

The base function of all child trackers is to provide the location of the wearer at any time. This is achieved by GPS or Bluetooth software. When considering a tracker, it is important to understand the range capabilities offered by the gadget, which is determined by the location software the device utilizes.

The use of GPS as the primary location software in child trackers is generally preferred over that of Bluetooth. This is due to the fact that GPS location capabilities cover a wider range of locations than Bluetooth. Many Bluetooth devices often lose their ability to locate the wearer when taken out of a set proximity.

GPS is a globally functional locating system which utilizes a network of satellites. Child trackers can be tracked via GPS without needing the wearer to be close to another point. As long as the tracker turned on, a child wearing the gadget can be located.


Geo-fencing is one of the most widely used features on child tracking devices. Geo-fencing is a feature available on GPS and RIFD (Radio Frequency Identification) enabled devices. To use geo-fencing, the device administrator creates a virtual perimeter just like a real geographical boundary. Once a connected device – and its wearer – goes beyond the allocated perimeter, the administrator receives a notification.

Geo-fencing is an especially useful feature for parents who have active children. This feature always lets parents know when their children are beyond safe locations and allows them to act accordingly.

Panic/SOS Button

A Panic/SOS button is an extremely important feature found on most child trackers. This button is the one feature that allows interaction between the child wearing the tracker and the guardian/administrator.

The panic/SOS button is designed to be utilized when a child feels unsafe and insecure. When this button is pressed, an alert is sent to the child’s parents or emergency contacts. The parent/emergency contact is then at liberty to assess the situation and make a decision to assure the safety of the child.

One/Two Way Calling

While not found on every device, this feature allows a level of interaction between the parent and the child wearing the tracker. Being able to ascertain the location of a child at all times is the tracker’s primary responsibility. However, in some cases, a caregiver might choose to communicate an instruction or message. In children who are too young to use smartphones, this is an effective means of communication.

Trackers can either be one way communication channels – a parent being the only one able to initiate and hold conversation – or two way channels. Two way channels are generally favoured over one way channels as they allow children initiate conversations as well.

Child tracking devices are a great tool to help children stay safe, to assist parents in creating boundaries, and for when children are beginning to develop independence but still need some monitoring. While a simple positioning feature is the most essential part, there are a wide range of features available depending on the brand. Parents looking for a child positioning device should consider what features would work for their child. As a parent, it’s well worth investing in a device that gives you added peace of mind.


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.