Child Safety Locator
Children have a tendency to disappear in an instant the moment you turn your back or place your attention on tending to another child or answer a ringing cell phone. This is a terrible feeling for any parent or caregiver and can send us into a frenzy looking for a child we immediately fear is lost in public. Thankfully, most of these situations are resolved as quickly as they occur and the majority of children are safe the entire time. We never even want to think about our child becoming lost; however, we must understand the potential risk of a child who is separated from their parent or caregiver.
We never even want to think about our child becoming lost; however, we must understand the potential risk of a child who is separated from their parent or caregiver. Child abductions from both known family members (most often as the result of custody battles) and child molesters do happen. The best way to deal with this is to stay informed despite the fear and sinking feelings we have over this issue. Having information is the best way to deal with situations involving missing children. There are devices and different forms of technology that can help us. You can learn more by reading about our child tracking device page along with what we have provided here.
A child safety locator enables you to keep track of your child within a certain distance around you. Such devices are worn as a watch, placed inside your child’s clothing or carried as a small object, for example, a key chain. A child safety locator is designed to be comfortable and inconspicuous for your child while providing the service that you need.
There are different types of child locator devices depending on their size, the distance they can cover and other features. You will need to know your child’s personality in order to choose the best locator for them. For detailed information about the type of technology available, see our child tracking device page and come back here to learn more.
Child safety locators work according to the distance they cover and are considered either short or long range locators. Short range devices cover several hundred feet and provide instant feedback to where the child is located. They are especially ideal for the park or the mall where your child may be lost in the crowd and surrounded by obstacles that keep you from seeing them. One drawback of a short-range locator is that since the distance is limited, you will have less time to find your child and very important, they cannot detect your child’s location outside of the range. Long range child safety locators are the second option for wider coverage. Most often, longer range devices work by using the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and can help you trace your child from one end of the town to the other.
A primary difference between long range and short range locators is that a long range locator will require a monthly fee and an internet connection which a short-range locator does not. It is advisable to have both types of locators for the different places that your child will go to. For example, if your child is next door, a short-range locator is best, but a long range locator is ideal if your child is going farther with a sports team or camping.
Child safety locators are very easy to use. The following are a few guidelines to keep in mind when using these devices.
Frequently and repeatedly check that the batteries are operational~This is both for the device on your child and the one that you keep with you. Carry an extra set of batteries with you as a precaution. Batteries will deplete even when the locator is off, so the extra batteries are a must. Make it a habit to regularly check the battery status. In situations where you may be using this with an older teenager who is away for an extended period of time, ensure they too carry extra working batteries too.
Attach the locator according to your child’s activities~The usual areas are the wrists, on shoelaces or inside a jacket or other clothing, but of course, you must plan ahead and consider the type of activity for the day. For example, if your child is heading out to the beach, securing attaching the device inside a backpack is a great idea and will prevent the device from being damaged.
Test the device in different environments before purchasing~Some devices will only work best if there are no obstacles between you and your child and this is insufficient because there are always barriers that interfere with your ability to visually see your child. If you are unable to test out the device before buying be certain you can return the product if it does not suit your needs. When you first get the locator to try it out in various situations so you know it will work in the way you need it to
Remember that a child safety locator is not a substitute for supervision. Child safety locators are a tool to assist us as parents but never take the place of responsible adult supervision.