Most people think safety is a game of chance, but a GPS child locator
device (child tracking device) can stack the odds more in your favor.
You can pin a wireless transmitter to your little ones to monitor their whereabouts in crowds or in your yard. Older kids can develop the simple habit of wearing a child locator on their belts while they’re outdoors.Joe Nesbitt, a computer technician, took his kids to SeaWorld and felt that parental terror when his 2-year-old daughter vanished. He was thrilled, though, that he had clipped a GPS locator tag to her shoe and right away found her emerging from a tunnel in a children's playground.
A child tracking device alerts you if your child wanders away beyond a distance you choose. A variety of models are available. I highly recommend these if used with the utmost parental discretion.
A clip-on child tracking device can be put in a backpack or sewn in a child’s clothing, but they do NOT substitute for watching your kids and do not prevent kidnappings or guarantee recovery afterward. And they have limitations: batteries die out and weather can obstruct GPS signals. Nevertheless, they're a great modern supplement to all-around good parenting.
(A GPS Child Locator can also be useful for older folks with Alzheimer’s.)
RadKids.org superbly covers both child self-defense and all-around child safety tips for ages 5-12. The level of instruction increases for each age group. And it’s a terrific bargain - pay the fee once and your child can come back again every summer at no cost at any RadKids location.
I HIGHLY recommend RadKids. Even the very best parent cannot possibly cover what RadKids thoroughly does – all in a gentle and fun fashion. (I’d love to see this program expand globally. If there's no chapter nearby, you can become a certified RadKids instructor and bring this comprehensive lifesaving program to your hometown. Just do it!)