GPS is no longer merely the plaything of waymarkers, geocachers, and Earth Sandwhich makers.  What started with the Soviet Union’s man-made satellite, Sputnik, in 1957, and later helped you find the new Trader Joes in town, can now also help save your child’s life.

Tiny GPS devices, (less than 2 inches square and less than 1 inch wide), have been developed in the hopes that they can help parents and the police locate missing children before it’s too late.  These devices are 1.25 oz and powered by lithium batteries.  The “amber alert GPS” units can be worn as an accessory, (such as on a necklace or bracelet), or attached to your child’s backpack, clothing, belt, pocket, purse, or elsewhere.  For parents with cell phones that have web access, a GPS child locator can tell them exactly where their child is, right on their cell phone.  The amber alert devices can also be tracked via computer.

The Amber Alert GPS units have been featured on MSNBC and US News & World Report and they are sure to revolutionize the way police and frightened parents locate missing children.  The GPS child locator devices work with any cell phone carrier, although a web-enabled phone IS required in order to view the locator maps via cell phone.  For parents without web access on their cell phone, they will receive text messages with the location of the GPS unit.  More than one GPS unit can be tracked with just one cell phone, which is great for people with more than one child.

Child GPS Locator Accuracy
90% of the time, the Amber Alert GPS 2G unit is accurate within 49 feet.  When the GPS device is outside and pending any atmospheric factors which could cause errors, the unit is accurate within 16 to 33 feet.

How much do they cost?
A variety of plans are available for the Amber Alert GPS system and start under $10 a month. 

Additional Features
Several different options are available with the GPS child locator, including:

  • Destination Alert – For parents who would like to receive a text message or email when their child arrives as a set location (such as school , ballet class, or a friend’s house)
  • SOS – Children can press a button on the unit to “call” for help.  Pressing the button will send text messages (or email) to parents with the location of the GPS child locator and a “help me” message
  • Voice Monitoring – Allows parents up to 30 minutes of actual voice monitoring from the location of the unit.  This can help parents and authorities better access the situation when a child presses the SOS button

An assistance program is available for parents in the United States who make less than $30,000 a year in the hopes that all parents who would like to use a GPS child locator to keep their children safe are able to do so.