Children today are increasingly spending most of their time indoors after school. It is how lifestyles has evolved over a period in urban areas. We all, as parents, know the importance of our child playing outside, mingling with other kids and how it can positively impact their social skills and general well being.
Many of us who are parents today have spent our growing years playing, biking and exploring our neighbourhoods with gay abandon - not only did we make priceless memories that we cherish even now, being out there on our own gave us a unique sense of independence, awareness and taught us responsibility at an early age - these experiences moulded our impressionable personalities forever…
But despite keenly wanting to offer our children the same freedom to explore and discover the world, the world is a lot less safer than it used to be. It’s a fact we are all keenly aware of and it’s something I personally find myself and other parents I know to be very conflicted about.
Many parents would like their children to go play outside and not stay restricted indoors just because they are physically unable to be with them. Even though one may have access to reliable domestic help, wouldn’t it be invaluable to be able to keep a watch on them that isn’t based on trusting someone - something a lot more concrete, something secure and something that gives my child the power to reach out to me incase of need.
To tackle this universal concern, many parents are slowly coming around to the to idea of finding a balance - ‘Safety of children without curtailing independence’. And one key thing that has proven to be effective in recent years is trackers for our little ones - these trackers are small, inexpensive gadgets which are solely designed keeping children and parents of young children in mind. These gadgets are GPS trackers which are non-intrusive and low maintenance and can be worn on a wrist or can simply be dropped into a backpack or be tucked into a pocket.
What range of benefits to these gadgets offer to parents?
These little gadgets offer a myriad range of benefits but the one that appeals the most is the peace of mind it offers an anxious or curious parent. Not only can they monitor your child’s movements with complete accuracy: you can create unlimited number of ‘safezones’ which may include schools, friends’ and extended family homes - whenever your child enters or exits these zones, you can get updates at a regular frequency.
When parents feel secure and and at ease, we are bound to be less anxious while dealing with our children. This has a prominent trickle down effect - since kids pick up on parents’ anxiety, the lack of anxiety imbues kids with more confidence and positivity and helps them deal with everyday situations better.
Despite parents being cautious and giving safety instructions to children, kids can and often do wander and can find themselves lost or unsure of where they are - in such situations, child safety gadgets can be a Godsend as they often have communication facilities. Some GPS trackers like Spottr include SoS calling features that can connect a lost child with emergency contacts in seconds if not minutes and help them find their way back to a familiar area.
For sometime now, parents with kids of all ages have been buying cellphones for kids especially so they can stay in constant contact. But from a safety perspective, cellphone usage has several drawbacks. Often in schools, kids are asked to keep their phone switched off and given limited battery life, may even be switched off; sometimes kids are not always reachable while playing sports or don’t take calls if they don’t hear the phone ring in noisy surroundings. In comparison, GPS gadgets don’t need you to rely on children - regardless of whether or not the child is occupied or indisposed, you will always be able to track a kid with a tracking kids ensure you’re in the loop of your child’s daily activities.
In addition to the most evident benefits of keeping kids safe and parents in the know, using trackers encourages parents to have a more confident and relaxed relationships with their kids - they no longer need to be anxious or distracted during the day at work or home wondering what their kids are upto and kids can be spared a stream of questions from parents asking what they are upto!