Allowing your children to go outside and play with friends makes you a great parent. If you have teens, you may even allow them to venture off miles away to hang out with their buddies. 

Now, what makes you a great parent is always knowing where they (really) are. You can’t just take their word for it either — the best way to ease your nerves is to locate your child in real-time. 

The following child tracking apps and gadgets will allow you to track your children wherever they may be. 

Xplora 2 – A Nice Gift In Disguise

Whether you decide to tell your child you’re tracking them or not — you’ll find the Xplora 2 watch to be a great choice. Now, it may work better with younger children who aren’t fashion-conscious.

This device doesn’t require a SIM and costs roughly $170. There are no monthly fees to worry about. 

As long as your child has this watch on, you’ll be able to track their real-time location. Plus, you can create alerts for when your child leaves an area (like the park or a friend’s house). 

What makes this device stand out is that it comes with Amazon Echo. So all you have to do is ask Alexa your child’s whereabouts and it’ll answer. 

FamiSafe – Track Your Child’s Online & Offline Activity

Sometimes, it’s not enough just to know where your children are. With the FamiSafe GPS tracker app, you can verify where your kids are at all times. 

It also allows you to check their location history, because who can sit and follow a dot on the map all day?

This child tracking app also allows you to create Geofences, so you’re alerted when your children step outside of the boundary (or when they arrive). Then to take it a step further, you can block dangerous apps so they can’t use them while they’re out. 

It comes with a monthly fee — you can choose between $4.99/month for annually, $9.99/monthly or $6.66/month quarterly. It’s available for both iOS and Android devices. 

Jiobit – A Discreet GPS Tracker

Maybe you don’t allow your children to have a smart device. Or possibly you want something as a backup, in case they lose or break their smartphone. 

In this case, you can use Jiobit — a small GPS tracker that can fit just about anywhere. It’s roughly 50mm and weighs 18 grams. There’s a loop on it that allows you to attach it to belt loops, shoelaces, straps, and so on. 

It also offers mobile fences, but it also does something unique. You can add a “Care Team” which are people you trust around your children. This is excellent if you have a babysitter, family member, or friend who picks up and watches your children when you’re at work. 

There’s a monthly fee of either $12.99/month or $8.99/month if you make a two-year commitment.  

Life360 – Monitoring For The Whole Family

Here’s another app that comes with the main features you need — the ability to create perimeters, track your children in real-time, and receive alerts. 

You can also create a private circle with your family members. This is ideal if you want to be able to coordinate plans with your spouse and children. The location sharing also helps with ensuring everyone’s where they’re supposed to be.

GPS Phone Tracker takes it a step further by allowing you to receive notifications about members who arrive and leave from your most frequented places. You can even get alerts when a family member’s battery is running low. 

This child tracking app is currently free but does offer in-app purchases. It’s available on both Android and iOS devices. 

AngelSense – For Children With Special Needs

Here’s another GPS tracking option that enables parents to keep an eye on their children. It comes with voice-monitoring features. This allows you to click a button to listen in on what’s happening. 

One mother using this feature heard her son getting bullied on the school bus. She pinpointed the location and was able to get there and save him from distress. 

You can also use this child tracking device to talk to your child anytime (like the old-school chirp button on Nextel phones). You can also get alerts letting you know when your child leaves school or another location they’re supposed to be in. 

It’ll even notify you of suspicious activities, such as your child being in an unknown place. 

This solution comes with a GPS device, a sleeve device, and a magnetic key. As for the cost, the kit is typically $229. You can then choose a plan — $33/month for annual, $39/month for monthly, or $52/month for month-to-month. 

Plus, you get a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

Keep Your Children Safe With GPS Tracking

You shouldn’t have to worry whether or not your children are where they’re supposed to be. With these child tracking apps and gadgets, you can take control of the safety of your kids. 

There’s something for all parenting styles and budgets. So check these GPS trackers out and see which work best for your family.