Strapping one of the latest pieces of smart technology to your child's wrist makes more sense than you might think these days. In an age brimming with potential threats and reasons to worry about your youngsters, the right GPS tracking smartwatch can allow you to monitor your child's location in real time, and even let them call for help in an emergency.
The idea isn't for you to stalk your child - but to ensure that they're equipped with a tool for absolute safety always. In addition to GPS functionality, you might also like to consider a smartwatch that’s waterproof. A waterproof GPS watch offers reassurance against water damage. Look out for watches rated for dirt and water resistance.
Since new smartwatch technology seems to emerge on an almost constant basis, we've put together a list of some of the most modern GPS tracking tech on the market. Each of these options comes with a range of great software and features that make it well-worth considering for 2018.
The LG GizmoPal 2
Available for a budget-friendly price of $79.99, the GizmoPal 2 by LG is an update to the original GPS tracking watch for younger children. With this device on your child's wrist, parents can open their companion app at any time and check their child's location. There's even an option to set reminders for locations throughout the day, and set "safe" boundaries around home and school, for instance, for the watch to alert you if your child strays.
When parents set boundaries with the LG GizmoPal 2, notifications will be sent if the child crosses them, which is ideal for when the youngsters are outside playing.
The FiLIP 2
A wearable phone and GPS solution for kids, the FiLIP 2 was recently updated to include a range of new and impressive features. You can call your child directly by dialing their device, and even send texts to your child, such as “come home” or “lunch ready in 10”, though the wearer of the FiLIP 2 does not have the ability to send messages back.
One of the most impressive new features of the FiLIP 2 is the dedicated emergency feature that offers a small button which children can press to activate "emergency mode". When this mode is activated, the watch calls the child's primary contact, then continues to scroll through a list of emergency contacts until it gets an answer. During a call, the conversation will be fully recorded and an immediate update will be sent to you with your child's location.
The FiLIP 2 is available in various colors, and the body is resistant to both dust and water - for extra durability.
Perhaps one of the less obvious GPS tracking smartwatches for kids - the HereO looks at a glance to be nothing more than a normal watch. However, you can track the device for up to 72 hours by GPS. As soon as you place it on your child's wrist, you can keep track of their exact whereabouts until you run out of battery life.
The HereO comes in a range of kid-friendly designs, and it doesn’t look too tech-y either - so predators and thieves won't be tempted to steal it. What's more, the watch also activates an alert if someone removes it from your child - even if it's just the child pulling the watch off their wrist. That alert will include the last-known GPS recorded on the device when it was removed.
All this tech, and the smartwatch only costs around $149 to buy.
If you're searching for a smartwatch that will give your child some fun and games to enjoy - aside from the benefits of GPS tracking features - the AmbyGear could be the perfect solution. One of the most durable watches on this list, the device comes with a soft silicone shell that covers the entire case.
Features of the AmbyGear include safe-zone settings, smart calendars, messaging, parental controls, and even a unique system where you can enable apps that change as your child gets older. You can also set up geo-fences and arrange for alerts to be sent whenever your child gets close to a geo-fence or leaves it. Besides the purchase price for the AmbyGear, there's also a monthly service price that will set you back around $9 per month.
The iGPS watch is simple and effective. One of the newer tracking watches available on the market today, it provides support for both iOS and Android accompanying apps. Features of the iGPS range from GSM location tracking, to two-way voice calling to a controlled list of contacts, geo-fencing for boundary setting and SMS text support.
Available in a limited color selection of blue or pink, the iGPS includes an emergency button which sends an "SOS" message and puts the watch in alert mode - which prompts it to call the contacts in the child's phonebook until someone answers. It's available for around $109.95, which is a steal for the features on offer.
The KiGO Watch offers worldwide connectivity, thanks to an integrated SIM-card, and first-rate GPS and Wi-Fi positioning for accurate tracking. It is one of the most accurate GPS kid’s watches on the market, and there’s two subscriptions to choose from - European or Worldwide, which can connect to data masts virtually anywhere. European coverage prices start from £5.11, while Worldwide subscription prices start from £6.81 p/m.
The KiGO is waterproof and it’s very stylish. As a waterproof GPS Watch, the KiGO resists water until a max depth of 3-meters, which means it is suitable only for showering and walking around, so we wouldn’t bathe or swim with it on. It’s available with a pink or blue silicone wristband, and the case is a neat two-tone white and black. You track your kid’s whereabouts through the dedicated Loox app (available in Android and iPhone), which lets you see your child’s location in real-time and send messages. The KiGO watch also has an emergency button on it which activates a silent alarm, to notify the parent of an emergency.
MyKi Kids Watch and GPS Tracker
The MyKi Kids Watch and GPS Tracker is another excellent smartwatch for parents who want to track their child’s whereabouts. This is perhaps the most durable watch on our list, thanks to a case that wrapped in a soft coating. That coating protects the watch from bumps and falls. However, this watch does not have a waterproof coating, so if you want a device that your kid can swim in, you should look elsewhere.
If you can look past the lack of a waterproof rating, the MyKi Kids Watch and GPS Tracker does have a lot to offer. It comes with one year’s free EU tracking, so if you’re in Europe, your kid can use this watch without it costing you any money to track them. You can also receive unlimited voice messages and send 300 minutes of voice messages from the device, which represents excellent value for money overall.
Wherecom K3 (KidFit 3)
Designed for 6-10 year olds, the Wherecom K3 is a rugged and stylish kid’s smartwatch with full GPS tracking capabilities and several neat features. It offers real-time tracking anywhere in the States, thanks to GPS, Wi-Fi and LBS connectivity, and parents can see real-time location information during phone calls to the wearer. Parents can also add the ability for their child to communicate with other Wherecom K3 wearers.
Unlike some other kid’s smartwatches with GPS, the Wherecom K3 has a micro-SIM card slot so you aren’t tied into a Wherecom data ecosystem. This means that parents can choose any cellular provider they like. The K3 is also slimmer and lighter than most other smartwatches for kids, ensuring a snug fit. The touchscreen display is also surprisingly sharp and responsive, with a 320 x 320-pixel resolution and a dual-core processor.
SAFE PAXIE Band
The SAFE PAXIE Band offers something different to the other devices on our list. It isn’t a smartwatch - it’s a bracelet, with interchangeable designs and GPS connectivity. Parents can track their children using the Safe Mobile App, and the PAXIE Band can send a notification to the parent if the temperature around the band gets beyond a set limit. The thought-process behind this is to notify you if your child becomes too hot.
So, with ambient temperature monitoring, the SAFE PAXIE Band offers something new for parents. Of course, it also offers full GPS tracking and the Safe Mobile App is a joy to use, with an intuitive user-interface and a full fitness tracking suite – The PAXIE Band will track your kid’s step count, and it automatically calculates this into calorie consumption. Overall, this is a great tracking device for parents who don’t require phone call functionality.
The Tinitell is a wearable mobile phone and smart locator for kids. It is the simplest device on our list in terms of how you interact with it; to answer a phone call, you simply press the big button in the middle, and to make a phone call, you simply scroll through the preinstalled contacts using one of the scrolling buttons located on the side. Those contacts are defined within the Tinitell application, available on Android and iOS.
You can add up to 12 contacts within the Tinitell application and like the other devices on this list, you can track your child’s location in real-time through GPS. The Tinitell is available in four colours; Aqua, Charcoal, Coral (orange-pink) and Indigo. It costs 149.00 EUR, and it can work anywhere in Europe, and it also works in the US. We recommend this device to parents who want to track their child’s location, without any fuss or thrills.