GPS Trackers for Kids Help You Keep up with Autistic ChildrenFamily
GPS Trackers for Kids Help You Keep up with Autistic Children
Children with Autism wander, it’s not only a well accepted fact, it’s a well documented one, with statistics showing that nearly half of all autistic children either get lost, or try to run away, at no fault of the parents. With increasing studies showing that the problem lies in a lack of social and awareness skills, many areas are now promoting the use of safety devices for tracking children who can potentially get lost, with some even lobbying for government funding to help parents purchase devices necessary.
One study including over 1,000 parents of autistic children showed that 49% had tried to run away at least once, and many more had been lost or wandered off at least once. Today’s GPS tracking devices are simple, affordable, and offer peace of mind in the form of location tracking, which is incredibly valuable to parents who have very few other ways to keep track of children. Most importantly, GPS trackers often allow you to set normal boundaries, and mark areas such as schools and care centers as safe, and to sound an alarm or alert you when they leave these areas. These geofences can allow you to confidently leave children in the care of a school or clinic while you go to work, without worrying about them wandering off while there.
If you’re considering using a GPS tracker, there are a number of cost effective, kid-friendly options you can choose from.
My Buddy Tag
My Buddy Tag is a bracelet that includes a panic button kids can press when they feel as though they are in danger, a water sensor to alert parents when the child is in or near enough to water to get the bracelet wet, and sends an alert to your iOS or Android phone when the wearer goes out of designated safe zones. While it is not a GPS tracker, My Buddy tag also does not have any monthly fees, just the initial fee.
GizmoPal by LG is another wearable GPS tracker and offers multiple functions including calling to pre-set numbers. GPS location, a waterproof design, and auto notifications at certain times (such as when your children are supposed to be arriving home). The device is $79.99 for the bracelet and a 2 year contract.
Amber Alert GPS
Amber Alert GPS is a tracker, voice calling device, and notification device for children. With a variety of wristbands and attachment methods it’s also versatile, but is considerably larger and bulkier than some alternatives. Two way calling with pre-approved numbers, notifications with location at certain times, and a real time GPS map all make the device valuable to parents. The module itself is $125, plus $15 per month for a basic package with 150 SMS alerts and $18 per month with 300 SMS alerts.
Pocket Finder works with almost any type of GPS tracking, which makes it extremely versatile if you have to use it for different applications. The basic tracker is two inches in diameter, and fits easily into pockets, backpacks, and on a wristband, and then tracks the GPS location of the wearer on a real time map. It updates location every two minutes, and will send alerts if the wearer steps outside of pre-selected zones. Pocketfinder is $129.95 plus a $12.95 per month service fee, making it one of the more expensive options you can choose. However, the tracking is extremely accurate, and the device is rugged enough to stand up to everyday use.
Mommy I’m Here
Mommy I’m Here is a Teddy Bear shaped tracking device that also comes in a few other shapes such as soccer balls to appeal to kids. While intended for younger children, the device is affordable at $25 for one and $39.99 for two, and sounds an alarm when your child is more than thirty feet from you. While not a GPS tracker, and only for stay at home parents, the device is extremely useful if your child frequently wanders or gets lost, especially when you’re out of the house. The alarm is also loud enough that you will hear it, although it’s also annoying to any passersby.
Filip is a locator bracelet with calling function, GSM, Wifi, and GPS, allowing you to locate your kids with or without a signal, make two way calls with pre-approved numbers, and an intelligent emergency button that calls the primary guardian, begins recording sounds and background noises, and sends immediate updates of location every 60 seconds until the emergency is canceled. Geofencing or safe locations allow you to set trusted areas such as home, school, or a friend’s house, and you get notifications when they enter these locations. It also allows one way texts so you can send short reminders and updates. The wristband is $149.99 per month, and for $10 per month, you get unlimited talk time and data for GPS with AT&T.
Trax is a GPS locator that works through mobile app or a computer, geofencing allows you to create safezones and get alerts when your child enters school, home, or the neighborhood, and alerts when they leave it. You can also schedule safezones, such as lessons, on one day of the week for extra peace of mind. The only real downside is that the device is bulky and a clip on rather than a wearable device. It’s also a little pricey at $249 for the device and a two year service plan, after which service costs $5 per month.
GPS tracking and location devices can help you to quickly and easily find a missing child, so they can be worth the money. Because some options are more affordable than others, you can also usually look for a cheaper option if you are on a budget, or apply for help with the initial cost and service fees. If you cannot afford the initial cost and prefer to have a phone, iPhones with Find My phone will allow you to track GPS location so long as the child has the phone on their person, and so long as the phone is connected to Internet, but do have a shorter battery life than wristband and wearable options.