As a parent, no matter what age your child is, you’re always worried about where they are and what they’re up to. Are they hanging out with friends? Are they at soccer practice? Did they sneak out of the house? Similar questions to these and more may run through your head.
But what if there was a tool that would enable you to track their whereabouts? That’s where geofencing comes in.
What Is Geofencing?
As it pertains to parents monitoring their child’s whereabouts, geofencing allows someone to create virtual perimeters of a geographic area that is “safe” for a child to be located. A parent can create these safe areas by using settings within a child’s phone (depends on the phone), third-party apps, or phone carrier location services.
Once the geo fence is set-up, a parent will be able to view their child’s real-time location data. If the child strays from a safe area, the parent will be sent push notifications in the form of a text message, pop-up, etc. Every geofencing option works differently, so the process of getting notifications may vary.
Some areas you may want to geofence include:
- Schools and bus routes
- Fields and other locations your child plays sports at
- Where they work (Example: The home of someone they’re babysitting)
- Their friends’ homes
- Relatives’ homes nearby
- Any other location your child frequently visits
Why Parents Should Create Geofences For Their Children
To Know Where Their Child Is
The main reason for a parent to use any GPS location technology is to keep an eye on their child’s whereabouts. In general, a parent should know where their child is at all times, whether at school or hanging out with friends. Any good parent wouldn’t just let their child go out wherever and whenever they want.
To Make Sure They Are In A Safe Area
As a parent, you can trust that your child is safe in the areas they go to frequently like home, their school, and their friend’s house. However, there are always those businesses and areas in town your child should stay away from. You don’t want some random stranger approaching your child, especially if it turns out they are a criminal!
Ways To Create A Geofence For Your Child
1. Find My Friends App On iPhone
If you and your child have an iPhone, then this might be the best option for you. You also don’t have to pay for it, which is a plus. First, make sure that the Find My Friends app is installed on both iPhones. Then, send your child an invite to become a follower and share their location history with you. After accepting you, you can set up geofences within the app and get notifications for when they go outside the designated areas. The only downfall is that the app will not work unless the location feature on your child’s iPhone is always turned on.
2. Third-Party Apps
Android smartphones don’t come with a built-in geofencing feature like with the Find My Friends app. With this in mind, your best option is to use third-party apps and software programs for creating geofences.
– Cell Phone Parental Monitoring Apps
Most mobile device monitoring apps today come with the ability to create geofences. Get notifications when your child strays from their safe areas. But, these apps aren’t just for tracking your child’s whereabouts. They enable parents to view their child’s phone activities like texts, photos, videos, social media, and much more! If you go with this option, we highly recommend Highster Mobile.
If you are looking for a way to communicate with your family and to know where they are at all times, Life360 is a good option. Track the location of anyone in your family instantly, on Android and Apple devices. And if your child is in a dangerous situation, they can use the mobile app to send for help. The app also enables you to send messages to your family members, like that you’re running late to pick your child up from practice. So many features packed into one app!
One way parents of young kids have been able to track their child and create geofences is by using wearables. There are a number of affordable, kid-friendly smartwatches created for just this purpose. Here are some of the most popular ones out on the market today.
– Gizmo Watch
This Gizmo Watch by Verizon focuses on keeping children safe, while giving them the freedom to be independent. You can create geofences, track their location, keep in touch with two-way calling and texting, and view their step count. However, these features are restricted based on your Verizon carrier plan.
– Lil Tracker
Lil Tracker provides a variety of kid GPS tracker watch options to choose from. You have the choice of their classic watch, waterproof watch, and ones with front or side viewing cameras. This watch enables parents to create preset geofences, track a child’s current location, listen to their child’s surroundings via a microphone, and call their child. If your child is in danger, they can press an SOS button to call you.
4. Phone Carrier Location Services
Many cell phone carriers offer family location services for their customers. Some of the most popular ones include Sprint Family Locator, Verizon Smart Family, AT&T Secure Family, and FamilyWhere from T-Mobile.
As you can see, many products, apps, and carrier services are now including geofencing features. It not only keeps your child safe, but gives you peace of mind knowing where they are. To educate yourself further on this subject, learn more about how to track a phone.