Little Buddy Child Tracker, Kinderguard Monitor Kids' Location

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Parents who want to keep track of their children can place a small GPS device into the backpack, coat pocket, or lunch box of their son or daughter and wait for signals sent to them on their computer or smart phone. The Little Buddy Child Tracker is the newest addition to the child tracking market. A previously released tracking device, called the Kinderguard, was introduced in Great Britain several years ago.

In the United States, child abductions and missing children are of great concern. A child goes missing every 45 seconds, and in 2008, a total of 364,000 children were abducted. These frightening statistics have made the market ripe for products such as the Little Buddy Child Tracker and the Kinderguard.

According to Best Buy, which sells the Little Buddy Child Tracker, the device has customizable safety checks that allow parents to identify specific locations where their child is supposed to be and the times he or she should be there. If the child leaves the predetermined location during the designated time, the device sends alerts with a text message to the parents’ computer or smart phone. The Little Buddy Child Tracker also alerts parents as to when the battery is running low so they can ensure service is not interrupted.

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Parents who would like more than time and location information about their child when he or she is away from them may want to consider the Kinderguard device. Along with GPS capabilities, the Kinderguard contains a biometric alert system that can monitor a child’s health, providing information on heart rate, respiration rate, skin temperature, stress level, and so on. This requires that the child be wearing the device. If the child removes the Kinderguard, an alarm is sent to the parent. Parents also are alerted if the child changes location unexpectedly or if there is a change in biometric information.

One feature the Little Buddy Child Tracker does not share with the Kinderguard is notification to parents if the child is separated from the device. While children are required to wear the Kinderguard, the Little Buddy Child Tracker is simply carried, which means a child or a child’s abductor can leave the device behind and parents would not be notified.

Given the reality of child abductions, it is almost certain additional and more sophisticated child tracking devices will be entering the marketplace to join the Little Buddy Child Tracker and Kinderguard. Concerned parents can be on the lookout for improvements to the current models or for new child tracking products in the near future.

SOURCES:
Best Buy website for Little Buddy Child Tracker
Chicago Sun Times, October 27, 2009
Kinderguard website

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Comments

Yes, with the number of children that go missing each year, every parent should use a personal GPS tracking device, but you dont have to be a parent to need or benefit from owning one of these devices. Motorcycles, skis, musical instruments, laptop computers, purses & luggage, even the family dog: EVERYBODY has SOMETHING they want to protect!!! When considering the purchase of a tracking device, do your homework because not all GPS systems are alike. Aside from features such as Geofencing, speed-alerts and so on, the one thing you really need to look into is the COST. Most GPS devices I've looked into have HIDDEN costs such as monthly/annual renewal fees or charge you per track ontop of the purchase price. When I called Best-Buy to get more info on the "Little Buddy" they couldn't even tell what the OTHER costs of thier system were. I ended up buying a system called "The GPS Guadian" at http://www.thegpsguardian.com . Not only did I get the device for FREE by purchasing 3 years of service up front, but I got the 4th and 5th year of service for FREE as well.