Updated: Jul 7, 2020
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Many of you dads have experienced this at least once - the fear & anxiety of losing your child. The worst thoughts come to mind the second you lose your little one and your mind can go to some dark places. Your heart races and you scramble around trying to find your child. You're not thinking clearly as andrenilin is pumping through your system. Luckily for most of us there's a happy ending when we finally locate Joey in the candy isle of the store or Lucy trying on shoes in the women's footwear area. Sadly for some, their nightmare is just beginning.
Wearable Device or Loose Tracker?
Generally 2 varieties of kids tracking devices exist. One that is wearable by the child, such as a watch or phone and the other is a device placed in a child's backpack or toy.
Features DaDiDeal Likes:
Geofencing - Allows parents to create Safe zones & boundaries near home, school or play areas and receive immediate alerts when the device leaves these zones.
SOS Buttons - An emergency button a child can press which should notify the authorities, parents or people placed on an emergency call list of the child's location
2-way Call Feature - Some Tracking devices include this which is great for emergencies or for checking up
DaDiDeal's Choice ////// iGPS Watch
DaDiDeal Score: ★★★★★
✅ Geofencing ✅ SOS Button ✅ 2-way Voice Call ✅ Take Me Home Mapping
✅ Device Removal Alert ✅ Emergency Contact Auto-Dialing
✗ No video calling ✗ Monthly cellular service plan required
✗ Only works in the USA
The iGPS Wizard watch is packed full of features and allows a parent to contact, locate and monitor their child. Apart from the obvious feature of telling the time the watch acts as a phone and helps keep parent or people on the approved contact list in contact with the child using 2-way voice call & messaging service. The Wizard uses live GPS, Wi-Fi, and cell tower triangulation to locate your child. DaDiDeal tested the accuracy and got within a few yards of the child. The Geofencing feature requires some practice but once you get the hang of it its easy to setup perimeters for safe zones. As soon as your child leaves a safe zone or the watch is removed you get notified through the Wizard App. The Take me Home Mapping is a fantastic feature and not something we see any most of the other products like this on the market. A child selects the take me home feature on their Wizard watch and a live GPS Map indicates the way home. The Activity tracker & last known location help keep parents in the loop, especially if signal is lost. Probably one of the most important features is the SOS button which immediately notifies contacts on the emergency list and gives them the child's location. The Pedometer also another fun added feature. iGPS sells the cellular service plan at $14.95 per month but an easy cancellation policy allows you to back-out without any lengthly contract. [More Info]
Watch Detailed Review here:
DaDiDeal Score: ★★★★☆
✅ 2-way Video & Voice calling ✅ International Carrier compatible ✅ Activity History ✅ Do Not Disturb for Class ✅ Add Friends through Radar Scanning ✅ Camera
✅ SOS Button
✗ No Geofencing ✗ Not compatible with Verizon or Sprint ✗ Battery life limited
✗ Overheats after extended use
The TickTalk 3 is a 4G/LTE unlocked universal kids, water resistant smart watch. The wrist band suites all sizes. The watch comes with a free SIM kit from Red Pocket, compatible with AT&T or T-mobile's network. Or choose to go with your own cellular carrier - however not Verizon or Sprint's network. Parents can control the contacts list (up to 53 contacts) after which the child will only be able to accept calls from this list. Parents can see the child's last known location & movements using the App. Accuracy measured at WiFi: 100 - 500 ft; GPS: 10 - 100 ft; LBS: 100 ft - 20 miles. Disabling the Wifi can extend the battery life. Kids can add friends and parents receive notification that a new contact has been added and can accept or disapprove. DaDiDeal likes the reminder feature on TickTalk which is easy to program. [More Info]
DaDiDeal Score: ★★★☆☆
✅ Geofencing ✅ 2-way Voice Call
✗ No video calling ✗ Only works in the USA ✗ Only compatible with Verizon ✗ Does not work with WiFi ✗ No SOS button
The water-resistant, new Verizon GizmoWatch comes in 2 varieties for the special Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Edition. Obviously it makes use of the Verizon 4G LTE network network but this does limit you to the Verizon network only. Parents have peace of mind setting up Geofencing using the App and getting alerts if their child leaves safe zones. Parent can choose 10 trusted contacts and child can make 2-way voice calls with these 10 contacts. The fitness tracker and Reminder features are a useful addition.
DaDiDeal Score: ★★★☆☆
✅ Bluetooth Track Multiple Children ✅ No Charging required ✅ No Carrier/Monthly fees
✗ No SOS button ✗ No Geofencing
This genius little invention is a a proximity-based Bluetooth tracking chipset located in the machine washable, 100% high quality cotton t-shirt. To start using simply flip the patch press the point 10 times. The Chipset battery is activated. By placing your phone near to the patch the B’zT App automatically scans the chipset’s unique serial number linking the patch to the App. Battery lasts about 10 months. The B’zT 100% biodegradable Chipset is FCC & KC approved. App alerts parent when child is more than 50-70m away from the parent. Ideal for tracking a child in your vicinity ie. teachers, parents at the park etc. [More Info]