People are tracking their children in real timeNewman Studio/Shutterstock
Times aren’t what they used to be, and parents are nervous just letting their kids walk to school, which is exactly why GPS-enabled smart watches and bands for children are increasing in popularity. Verizon’s GizmoGadget band allows 10 pre-selected contacts (like Mom, Dad, Grandma, and 911) for children to send and receive calls from, as well as offering real-time location monitoring for children wearing the watch-style bracelets. They’re popular among school-age children so parents can virtually follow their little ones with the synced smartphone app to school, play dates, and practices without hovering. (They’re also ideal for seniors with dementia who are prone to wandering.) For parents of younger children (or those you wouldn’t want to grant phone access to just yet), the PaiBand tracks children’s activities like running, jumping, and playing and has various built-in games while quietly tracking their location. Kids are excited to have what seems like a game-enhanced fitness band, while parents slyly enjoy knowing their every move. While you’re at it, keep your L.O.’s safe by never sharing these seven things about them on social media.
Fitness bands for adults can offer safety, tooRimma Bondarenko/Shutterstock
Fitness tracking bands are fairly popular for adults, but what many people don’t realize is that several brands come outfitted with GPS built right into the band. The GPS tracking features were initially enabled to reduce incidences of loss or theft, but experts say they’re helping keep people safe and even solve crimes now. David Lindner, CSO at nVisium, a leading cyber security firm, says, “All the different devices or systems tracking our location can be used in a court of law to prove or disprove event timelines or even alibis. Recently, a murdered woman’s Fitbit was used to disprove her husband’s story.”