Tech Talk: Tools to track your child's location

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by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 16, 2013 at 5:23 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 2:00 PM

HOUSTON –- There are several tech tools available these days for moms and dads who want to know their child’s every move (whether the kid likes it or not).

Mashable.com recently put together its latest list of kid tracking tools:

SecureUS E-Zoom is small box that can be placed into your child's backpack or mounted in their car (if they’re of driving age). Using your computer or a smartphone, you can then check their location and even set up safe zones. If the kid goes outside the safe zone, you'll get an alert. The cost is $100.

Amber Alert GPS
lets you track your child's location as well, and you’ll receive e-mail or text alerts if they get too close to a registered sex offender's house. It has plenty of other little features and options. It costs $220.

Pocket Finder
is another little GPS device to track your kids. It stores up to 60 days of location history, too. It costs $150 as well as $13/month.

Each of these devices has its individual pros and cons. Some are large, some are small. Some have a monthly fee and some do not.

Explore these options if you’re looking for a cheaper way, and your child already has a smartphone:

1 – Your phone provider: Most major phone providers, including AT&T and Verizon, offer a way to track the locations of all the cell phones on your plan. It usually costs about $10/month.

2 – GPS Location Tracker: This app tracks and stores a record of the phone’s movements. It costs $3.99, one-time.

3 – Life360: This free app lets all your family members share their location and messages on a map. If someone has a flat tire, they can quickly sound the alarm and responding family members will know exactly where to go.

As a word of warning, make sure the apps are properly set up. Many kids who don’t want to be tracked will simply find a way to shut it off or close the program.

More on the web: http://mashable.com/2013/07/15/child-tracking-apps/

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