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5 top-recommended child’s GPS tracker devices

We can find hundreds of child’s GPS tracker devices in the market, including apps, tags, and wearable gadgets, it is very confusing to choose the best one. But don’t worry. In this blog, we will enlist the kind, brand, and features of the GPS tracker you should opt for. So, keep reading!

Why do kids/teens need a GPS tracker?

There can be reasons why you need to put a GPS tracker on your kids and keep a regular update about their location. Read on to know more.

i) Lost: The first common reason that every father and mother has to face is their kid ( mostly under 10 ) getting lost in public areas. So, if you want to never pass through this horrible situation, GPS trackers are the best solution.

ii) Kidnapped: Child kidnapping for money extortion and abuse are very common. Although kidnappers search the children thoroughly to get rid of all tracking devices, a GPS tracker gives us a clue of the last known location, which can be very helpful in such situations.

iii) Keep a watch: The last reason that every parent needs for their teenage kids is to keep an eye on the places they visit because, at this age, kids like to party and do daring stuff. So, having a hidden GPS tracker can save your child’s future and even life sometimes.

What to look for in a child’s GPS tracker?

There are thousands, if not millions, of GPS devices and apps out there. All of them can locate someone, but there is a huge difference in their working capability and additional features. GPS locators with more additional features will work a lot better and smarter than the simple ones, so always ensure that you cover most of the below features in your GPS device or app.

i) Geo-Fencing: It is a very important feature to keep your child within a certain safe area. With this feature, you can set a perimeter like a mile radius around the school. If your child leaves this area, you will get an alert.

ii) Location Alerts: This feature works by telling you if your kids enter a certain perimeter. You can use this feature to know if your kid has entered school or has bunked the classes.

iii) Hidden or small: A very necessary feature of every GPS gadget should be small size or hidden mode. Otherwise, your kid may be tired to carry it or want to get rid of it.

iv) Speed Calculator: If your kid is a new or a rash driver, you and every teenager are worried about over-speeding and accidents. No worry because some GPS tracking apps allow you to keep an update on your kid’s vehicle speed and even set a limiter,  if they get crossed, you will get an instant message alert of overspeeding.

v) Fast Location updating: A GPS tracker is only as good as its update speed. Some of these updates in a minute while others update in milliseconds. Always opt for GPS devices or apps with fast update speed so you get the latest location news.

5 best child’s GPS trackers reviews

child's GPS trackers

Apple AirTag

Apple AirTag is like a round and small keychain that can send its location. Although Apple AirTag works via a Bluetooth network, it has a wide distance range. Even when you lose it in another city, it can send its location to nearby iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks, which will then send data to your phone. Whether at home or in another country, you can always track AirTag’s location.

When it comes to its use, you can attach this AirTag to anything like your kid, keychain, bag, car, bike, etc., and locate them 24/7.

Apple AirTag

Price:

  • 1 piece – $29
  • 4 piece pack – $99 or $24.75/pc

Pros:

  • Its battery can last for up to a year.
  • You can customize logos and emojis for free when buying from the Apple store.
  • A built-in speaker helps you find your stuff lying under your couch, bed, etc.
  • Has a pointer system app whose arrow on your iPhone will get you near Airtag with feet of precision.

Cons:

  • It comes in only keychain form, so anybody can identify it and get rid of it.

Garmin Bounce

Garmin Bounce is a smartwatch with a special GPS tracker function built into it. This watch has built-in LTE and WiFi connectivity, which helps you locate your child anywhere in the world, even when the smartphone is not around. Moreover, it has the 2-way messaging function and a screen time option.

Garmin Bounce smartwatch

Price: $139.99 each and even higher in some countries.

Pros:

  • You can track the watch if it gets stolen
  • With the LTE subscription, you can track your child anywhere and anytime.
  • You don’t have to worry about LTE sim providers because Garmin Bounce handles it on its own.

Cons:

  • You have to pay a monthly fee of about $10 for an LTE subscription.
  • Unlike other GPS trackers, its battery can only last for 2 days at best.

FlashGet Kids app

FlashGet Kids is a parental control app with a GPS tracker, you can install it on your kid’s phone. With FlashGet Kids, you can locate your kid 24/7 from anywhere and also set Geo-fence limits on their movements.

In addition, FlashGet Kids allows you to keep an eye on your kid’s phones, such as getting their notifications, mirroring their screen, accessing their camera & microphone remotely, and so on. With these features, FlashGet Kids is a next-level GPS tracking & parental control app.

FlashGet Location tracking

Pricing plans: from $4.99 /month, yearly option.

Pros:

  • It is not just a GPS tracker but also a very advanced Parental control app.
  • Its icon gets hidden in the phone, so not even your kid or strangers know about it.
  • Relatively affordable price plans.
  • Unlike physical devices, the app is easy to install and use.

Cons:

  • You will have to pay a monthly fee.

Geozilla GPS Tracker

The GeoZilla GPS Tracker device uses GPS and Cell ID technology to accurately locate the device. When GeoZilla Tracker receives the location updates, it can transmit the device’s positions to the GeoZilla app on your and your family’s phone.

GeoZilla GPS Tracker device

Price: $19 monthly

Pros:

  • Small and light.
  • Easy activation.
  • It can auto-update overspeeding and accident alerts to all the guardians.

Cons:

  • It can only work with GeoZilla app, which comes at a hefty price tag of $79. (without subscription charges)
  • When connected to a wearable or physical device, they must have an active cellular data plan to send location on your mobile.
  • It can only track location and can’t do amazing stuff like scream mirror, remote camera & microphone access, etc.

Samsung SmartThings Find Tracker

SmartThings Find is a tracking app developed by Samsung for its phones, tablets, earbuds, watches, and other devices. It is important to note that SmartThings Find is only made for Samsung phones and, more specifically, for Galaxy series devices. With SmartThings Find, you can locate the location even when the devices are offline. Moreover, it also provides geo-fence alerts of arriving and leaving a certain area.

SmartThings Find

Pros:

  • It is free to use.
  • It can even work when your devices are offline.

Cons:

  • You can’t use it with other brands’ devices, or even not with Samsung devices other than the Galaxy series.

Which child’s GPS tracker is better for you?

GPS trackers come in 3-basic forms:

  • Software
  • Keychain like Tags
  • Integrated into Wearable Watches

So, when choosing a GPS tracker, you must consider your child’s age and the capacity of devices they can carry. For example, if your kid is under 10, then of course, you can’t give them a mobile phone. In that case, tags or wearable watches are the best option. However, if your kids are old enough to carry a mobile, then go for a GPS tracking app like FlashGet Kids. 

Moreover, to be safe, it is best to use multiple levels of protection, like tags, wearable watches, and even GPS apps, so even if a tag or watch gets lost, the app will still work.

FAQs

Is it legal to GPS track your child?

Yes, if your kids are under 18, you are their legal guardian, and you have full authority to install GPS trackers on them.

Can I track my children’s phones without them knowing?

Yes, you can track your kid’s phone without knowing it using smart apps like FlashGet Kids because its icon can get hidden when you install it on your kid’s phone.

Should parents use GPS to track their children?

Yes, it is wise to use GPS trackers to locate your kids and see if they have arrived at school, home, at the park, at a friend’s house, or anywhere else. GPS tracking apps also help in finding the last known location of your kid if they get lost, and some even give auto-alerts if they get into an accident.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kidcaring, Chief Writer in FlashGet Kids.
She is dedicated to shaping parental control in the digital world. She is an experienced expert in the parenting industry and has engaged in reporting and writing different parental control apps. For the past five years, she has provided additional parental guides for the family and has contributed to changing parenting methods.

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