GPS Tracker Jacket

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Life & Style, Decor, Toys, Gadgets

A British clothing company has developed a jacket that allows you to track the exact whereabouts of your kid (or, at least, of their jacket) via the GPS system and the internet. In addition, you can set boundaries and, if the jacket leaves the specified area, you will be notified by cell phone. That's handy, I suppose, for the kid who has a tendency to wander off (or skip school).

The jackets feature two panic buttons to be used in case of emergency, although the website doesn't say exactly what they do. Oh, and the jacket will also (I assume) keep your kid warm. At least, for £250 (over $500 USD) I would hope it's pretty warm. Maybe even stylish.

There are a few problems with this, however. First, GPS systems don't work so well indoors. Even in cars, unless the receiver is close to the windshield, coverage can be spotty. Then, of course, this really only tracks the jacket, not the kid. If the jacket gets left in a locker or is dumped somewhere, it no longer works for tracking your kid.

In addition to the upfront cost of the jacket, monitoring it will set you back another ten quid (twenty dollars and change) every month. I guess if you have reason to suspect your kid of going where they shouldn't (and think they won't leave the jacket at home), or if you're worried about abduction (but don't think the kidnappers would be smart enough to ditch the fancy jacket), then maybe this would be worth it.

On the other hand, "The jacket is not something that was released due to people losing their kids," said Adrian Davis, a partner at Bladerunner. "It was originally made for mountain climbers, skiers and snowboarders." So, if you take your kids skiing or camping a lot, then this might actually be worthwhile.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.