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Child Safety Tracking Devices

By Stephanie Crumley Hill ; Updated June 13, 2017

Few things terrify a parent more than the thought of losing a child. Safety tracking devices for children can help you locate your child in the event he wanders away from you or is abducted. Most child safety tracking devices use GPS software to track a child's position or have proximity sensing technology.

How it Works

Child tracking devices link to a satellite that can locate the device at any time. As long as the device remains functional and with your child, the child can be located. Some child safety tracking devices begin to track the child if he leaves a certain area, while others track the child constantly. Other tracking devices monitor the child's vital signs. Some devices offer a "panic button" that can be activated by a lost child.

The Types of Devices Out There

The most common child safety tracking devices are contained in an article of clothing or a piece of jewelry, like a watch. Some bracelet-like tracking devices are made with material that prevents cutting and fasten in such a way that they can only be removed by the parent with a special key, which provides an additional level of security. Implantable tracking devices can be surgically placed under the child's skin.

The Device Features

A wide variety of features are available, depending on the amount you have to spend and the particular needs you envision. Some tracking devices can track the movements of a child and locate that child in a relatively small area, such as a supermarket. Others can help locate a missing child and may even tie into a state or national GPS system.

Things to Consider

No technology is perfect; tracking systems can fail or give erroneous information. Parents must also guard against the temptation to rely too heavily on technological babysitters; no device can ever replace good parenting. Even if you use a child safety device, know where your child is at all times and have appropriate discussions with your child about potentially dangerous situations and circumstances, including potential threats from people your child knows.


If you are considering an implantable device, remember that the power sources of such devices will eventually need to be replaced which may necessitate another surgical procedure. Also remember that implanting a device into your child's body may raise issues of trust between you and your child. There is also the risk of instilling an attitude of fear into your child that could be more harmful than helpful.

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