GPS trackers for children come in various styles and price points. Much depends on the age of your child and whether you want extras, such as fitness and wellness tools. Whatever you're looking for, chances are there is a GPS tracker for your child waiting for you. These are our favorites.
- 2G, 3G, 4G LTE-M models
- Desktop tracking available
- Geofences and alerts
- 6-, 12- or 24-month commitment
- Accessories are expensive
The Trax offers realtime tracking and wireless charging in a footprint measuring just 5.5 cm with a weight of 26 grams. Offering different versions based on cellular connectivity, Trax works in more than 100 countries with tracking available through iPhone, Android-based devices, and also through the web. You can keep your eye on multiple trackers at the same time using the same personal account.
Geofencing is also a critical Trax feature. With geofencing, you can assign locations and get alerts when your child or other family member leaves a specific area. There's also a scheduling feature, which allows you to receive geofence alerts at certain times of the day only.
Each Trax device includes an attachment case with keyring and a wireless charger. Separately, you can purchase a car attachment, wrist strap, and pouch kit. These tend to be expensive, although it's nice they're available to buy, depending on the situation. Though Trax includes a built-in SIM card, you'll need to purchase a data plan separately. These are available in 6-, 12-, and 24-month pre-paid increments.
- Multiple wearing options
- One week battery charge
- Government-level encryption
- No calling capability
- Requires subscription
For baby, toddler, and young child tracking consider Jiobit, a KidSAFE-approved tracker that uses cellular, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS tracking technology.
With a long-lasting battery, Jiobit allows you to track your child in real-time from any location both indoors and out. Features include real-time location notifications, durability, water-resistance, and kid-proof design, and full data encryption. Better still its modular design offers versatile wearing options, such as on a waistband, buttonholes, shoelaces, and more.
With the Jiobit app, you can assign others (sitters, grandparents, and friends) to become members of your care team. They will also receive relevant notifications about the location of your child. Because Jiobit doesn't have calling capabilities, we don't recommend this to older children. You should also keep in mind the monthly price that you must pay either month-to-month or through a 2-year commitment.
- Walkie-talkie like
- No-contract subscription
- 4G LTE
- US-based only
- Accidental push
About one-third of the price of similar products, the Relay Kids Phone Alternative includes GPS tracking, geofencing, and SOS alerts. There's also a walkie-talkie feature so you can get in touch with your child in mere seconds.
Recently, Relay added additional features through a new channel store. These include a music player, chat functionality with non-family members who also have a Relay, a Daily Joke Channel, and more. To use Relay Kids, you'll need to buy a monthly subscription; you can cancel anytime.
Available in various colors, Relay is only available in the United States. Among the negatives: Some users have reported it's easy for children to push the SOS button accidentally. However, not everyone agrees, so this might be an age-specific issue.
- 4G LTE connectivity
- Low monthly cost compared to others
- Up to four days of wearing time between charges
- Limited to Verizon network
- Expensive to buy
Finally, there's the kid-friendly Verizon GizmoWatch, designed for all-day wear. With automated alerts and a GPS locator, the watch features a step tracker, on-screen notifications, and the ability to add up to 10 trusted contacts for 2-way voice calls and messaging.
Durable and waterproof, the GizmoWatch works with Verizon's 4G LTE network, which requires a $5-per-month data charge. Other features include schedule reminders, the ability to set GPS boundaries, and advanced customization through a GizmoHub app for iPhone and Android. If you're already a Verizon customer, the GizmoWatch is worth considering because of its long battery life, 4G LTE connectively, and low monthly price.
Keep track of your child
When it comes to GPS trackers, there are a variety of shapes, sizes, and of course prices to pick from. Not every family has the same needs, but if we could only suggest one tracker for you to check out it would be Trax. It's light and easy for kids to carry, comes with realtime tracking, features wireless charging and works in a variety of locales and with iPhone, Android and computer.