The best GPS kids tracker watches 2018: Child safety wearables round up

Never lose track of your little ones again with GPS trackers for kids big and small

Keeping track of children is becoming much easier thanks to GPS tracker watches made especially for kids.

While there are plenty of smartwatches for kids on the market, and even fitness trackers for kids, you need GPS for tracking. With a GPS system, you can pinpoint the exact position of the person you're looking for using a map on your smartphone or tablet.

Some models also offer geo-fencing, an electronic barrier drawn on a digital map which, when breached, immediately alerts the parent or guardian. There are also devices that include cellular connectivity, so kids can make an SOS call to a designated number from their smartwatch. And below, we've rounded up the best kid trackers you can buy right now.

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Xiaomi Mi Bunny Watch 3

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Just a heads up first that the third gen Mi Bunny Watch is on sale in China only for now, no sign of it on the international Mi Store yet. But it's still worth including here as Xiaomi devices tend to find their way around the globe on account of solid feature sets and uber affordable prices.

In terms of tech, it packs a lot in with both Wi-Fi and 4G plus GPS and A-GPS for locating your child. There's also a 2MP built-in camera, activity tracking and a 30 hour battery life. The Mi Bunny Watch 3 comes in pink and blue, the 1.41-inch display has a resolution of 360 x 320 and the whole thing weighs just 50g.

c.$90, mi.com

AngelSense

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The AngelSense is one of the more popular and beloved kids GPS trackers out there, and for good reason. This thing is packed with features - packed. You can see your kids' routes and transit speed; you'll get notified when they're coming home late or if they're in a new place; and you can listen in to their environment.

AngelSense has also added some new features just this year. 2-Way Voice allows users to instantly call and speak to your child if you need to, an ETA feature lets you know when your kid is on the way home and the new Timeline Map promises better visibility of your child's routes.

On top of all of that, AngelSense is available on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Rogers, making it quite accessible in the US and Canada. One potential caveat, though - all these extra services will cost you. It's $39.99 to get onto the monthly plan, though the overall pricing varies depending on your commitment to the subscription.

$99, angelsense.com | Amazon

Trax

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This is far and away the most sophisticated GPS-based tracking system on the market, and it also used to be one of the most expensive. Now, the price has gone down $99, making it an appealing buy. However, there's still the data plan cost to consider, where you can choose from six months for $9, 12 months for $6, or 24 months for $4.

The slim 55 x 38mm tag itself is superbly designed and features a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, a USB charging port and a pre-paid SIM that offers roaming in over 33 countries. The Android/iOS app, too, is head and shoulders above the rest, and includes real-time mapping, augmented reality for close proximity searches, geo-fencing and speed alerts.

$99, traxfamily.com| Amazon

HereO V2

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The HereO is the first GPS tracking device cleverly disguised to look like a cute, colourful watch, so little ones can show off and tell the time while you keep tabs on their whereabouts via your iOS or Android device.

Simply sync the watch with the free HereO app on your mobile device and a map pops up displaying your kid's precise location. If lost, the child can also send a panic alert using a series of simple commands.

HereO also allows you to set a geo-fenced safe zone so that when your child crosses the boundary, an alert is sent to your device. There's also a monthly subscription of around $5.

$199, hereofamily.com | Amazon


My Buddy Tag

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The Buddy Tag uses Bluetooth instead of GPS, making it one of the more affordable options on this list. While you can use it in as a normal kid tracker, it's also touted as a device that helps prevent drowning. There's a panic alarm for the child to contact parents if they're in a threatening situation, along with a personal ID to help reunite a lost child with the parents.

The wearable is waterproof and the wristband portion comes in a variety of designs. You can purchase disposable silicone wristbands, as well as Velcro or terry cloth wristbands for regular use.

Just like other Bluetooth trackers, the range for the device limited at 40 feet indoors and 80-120 feet outdoors. So while it's not on the same level as GPS trackers, it's a strong choice for those shopping on a budget.

$49.99, mybuddytag.com | Amazon

The Gator

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One of the newest kids' watches on the scene, The Gator is a UK version of a popular Chinese children's smartwatch. If communication is your main concern, it offers 12 month or rolling contracts for its multi-network plans that use whichever signal is strongest. That means you should always be in contact with your kids.

There's also GPS and features like geo-fencing so you can set up areas such as home, school and park with alerts once they leave these perimeters. The watch itself weighs 40g, is splash-proof, has a bunch of physical buttons and a four-day battery life. Available in blue and pink, natch.

£99, techsixtyfour.com | Amazon

Weenect Kids

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The excellent Weenect system is comprised of a 6cm water-resistant tracker, protective pouch and a USB charger.

It also comes with one month of free tracking. Tracking can be performed using a live map, a compass with distance countdown or, get this, augmented reality. Yup, just hold your smartphone up (iOS or Android) and, assuming you're pointing the phone's camera in the right direction, a little icon pops up on the screen showing you the child's whereabouts.

The Weenect Kids tracker also comes with an SOS button and, for older kids, a 'zone entry/exit' function that alerts the parent when he or she has returned home. This primarily one for the European crwod, though it also works in the likes of Korea, Madagascar, Australia, Ghana, India and Malaysia, too.

$58.99, weenect.com | Amazon

Amber Alert GPS Smart Locator

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Amber Alert's pocket-sized GPS unit measures just 7cm and its rechargeable lithium battery runs for up to 40 hours on a single charge. Slip it into your child's pocket and you'll be able to check up on his/her location using either a browser or the accompanying iOS and Android app, communicate using the device's two-way voice function, and even set up geofencing boundaries.

But that's just the half of it. This clever gizmo also sends the parent or guardian a text or email alert if the child comes within 500 feet of a registered sex offender's home.

And if the little one ever has a panic attack, he or she simply hits the SOS button and a message is sent to the parent and up to ten authorised users. Subscription charges start at $15 per month.

$135, amberalertgps.com | Amazon

FlashMe Sydney

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This is not so much a tracker as a means of contacting the parent or guardian of a lost child. It's essentially a colourful silicone wristband with a printed QR code that contains the contact details of the child's parent or guardian. FlashMe works on the principal that most strangers are honest and that whoever finds the child will hopefully know what a QR code is.

As so many children under the age of four don't know their address or telephone number, a dirt cheap system like this could help save the day. A variety of other designs, including a pet version, are also available.

$7, flashme.io

Coming soon...

Omate x Nanoblock

Play time: The best smartwatches for kids

Another rounded kids smartwatch that's set to land this summer comes from Omate, with the company collaborating with Japanese toymaker Diablock on design and Tata Communications on software.

Set to land in August for $179 - it's up for pre-order on the 21st - the smartwatch is offering security features such as SOS alerts, two-way voice and video chatting and location tracking, as well as a three-day battery life, an alarm, pedometer, stopwatch and front-facing camera.

Extended look: Hands-on with the Omate x Nanoblock

If your focus is on safety, you'll be happy to know the watch has 3G connectivity, provided through Tata Communications' built-in SIM card, tracking the wearer's location through GPS, Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks. And importantly, none of this data can be compromised, Omate and Tata say, thanks to end-to-end encryption.

Naver Labs AKI

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This cute kids smartwatch, Naver Labs' AKI, is powered by the same Samsung processor that's in the Gear S3 and it also uses Samsung's Wi-Fi positioning system to locate kdis wearing one both indoors and outdoors.

There's LTE on board for voice calls, a voice assistant named CLOVA and translation between English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Plus there's a range of strap colours and four dog emoji watch faces.No word on price, release date or global availability for the AKI just yet.

Lineable Junior

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Following up on its initial, affordable first generation effort, Lineable is back with more advanced tracking features and an all-new form factor.

Lasting up to a week on a single charge, the Junior brings SOS alerts, location tracking and geofencing, and handily also offers alerts on the watch face for when the device is removed from the child's wrist. For the kids themselves, fitness tracking is also available in real time, and, with this also being a watch, the time and other smartwatch-style features are also on board.

There's no word yet on pricing, since the device is only set for launch this summer and isn't on sale yet, but the fact it's taking advantage of Long Range Network - the IoT standard led by LoRa - and has fencing features means it will almost certainly come with a monthly subscription.




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  • Mckenzie·

    can the flip 2 watch be used in the UK 

  • mahmoud·

    Hi there. Does the Filip 2 work in Egypt?

  • ounyai·

    The Trax device is almost totally useless. We have been through two of them and the battery life does not last a day, this makes the product unlivable and just dangerous to put your expectations in it.

  • Radiohead·

    The only way to go is Angel sense. The tracking is outstanding and the text and email notifications are priceless. Getting a text within 90 seconds of my child leaving a location is worth every penny. 

    • Harl·

      100% agree with you. We love the new feature they just developed called late departure notice that lets us know if they missed the bus or if they didn't leave school on time. Sometimes there is a delay at the school for whatever reason and instead of calling everyone in the universe we just call our angelsense and hear what's happening, see it on the map and know not to worry.  

  • Radiohead·

    The only way to go is Angel sense. The tracking is outstanding and receiving texts and emails after your child leaves or enters a location is priceless

  • Fatinallam·

    hi, I have a son with Prada Willi syndrome, and need something he cannot take off his hand. Would you have anything that is suitable for a 7 year old?

    • Patricia·

      Hi, I just came across the Loc8u which has locator devices for adults and children that have band that cannot be removed without a special tool. Good luck!

      • wflather·

        We have used the Lok8u system. System uses AT&T coverage; the device gets poorer reception than an AT&T phone. Once in an alert status, the battery went dead after 1 1/2 hr. Since the battery had such short life, we could not leave the watch on the child. The band is very stiff, making it difficult to put on snugly without pinching skin. Our child became resistant to having it put on. The last time he wore it and wandered off, I spent 30 minutes trying to log into the host website (from my home computer) and place the watch in "live track" mode. The system failed twice to reach the watch, each time taking about 15 minutes to do so. I finally just gave up. Very frustrating.

        You can use this system with your smart phone, but it's not an app; you link to their mobile device enabled website. I have an older iphone and the screen is too small to maneuver around effectively; you need to use your two fingers to zoom in or out. If the google map in on the screen, and you need to zoom out to select one of the options to the side of the map, you are likely to only be able to zoom the google map, not the whole page so you can get to the options you need to engage tracking.

        Imagine the frustration of finding your child using your phone and you can't even get to the options you need to start!

        We sent it back.

  • Ala·

    I use the KidTracker application and i think that this is a good solution for parents of teenagers. Wearing big GPS doesn't seem to be something that teenager wants... Thats why I prefer KidTracker

  • abhaysingh·

    i want to purchase this band for my child which work gps and talking system 

  • BucksFizz·

    Has anyone used the HereO? Looks great.

    • mygirls·

      I've waited 8 months and still no watch.  Some have been waiting since 2014!!

    • noel·

      HereO has BAD reviews

      • twins·

        I ordered two hereO watches in February 2014.  I have been told that my watches would ship shortly every three months since.  It's been eight months now that I haven't heard anything.  Not sure I want them anymore.

        Very sad that they lie...lost confidence in this company.

  • mayleneklein·

    Very disappointed ANGELSENSE isnt on this list!, It is one of the most accurate GPS . It sends notifications via text and email of any exit or arrival, it has this cool feature called listen in where you call to listen to your child when he is not with you, it has first responders. It was created by a father with a child with Autism so he really understands our needs for example wearing ,none of the above would be tolerated by my son he would remove easily and throw out!!! Angelsense has a great wearing solution consisting of magnetic pins which it attaches to clothing, nobody can remove it  but the parent who has the special key to do so, they also have a special belt for those children who remove their clothes, this belt also uses the magnetic fasteners and goes under the clothing. Ive been using this product for almost 2 years and not  once has it failed, Its great to have a little of the peace of mind I had lost many years ago....

  • Becks1114·

    The only tried and true wearable is Angelsense! It truly is the best design, most trustworthy device. My family counts on it daily and will continue to do so. Safety is what matters most! 

  • nicolejustine13·

    hi, i worry all the time about my children. Everyday there is a another story of a child being hurt or is missing and it breaks my heart. i really need something to know where my little ones are at all times. Is there anything for a low-income single parent to get that is accurate?  

  • Camel·

    There have been a major update for the Trax where you can pay for usage almost as you go. It comes with a really great app that now looks 2015/2016 instead of the early smart phone days..

  • Samcs22·

    I'm deciding between trax and angel sense . Does it matter if I'm using this in an area with limited phone service?  I'm wondering if I could pinpoint the location still if service isn't great

  • radovan·

    At $40 per month it also seems to be one of the most expensive devices.

    • Harl·

      It's worth every penny. From a family of 2 boys with autism, angelsense has saved our sanity. We tried most of the other devices on this list and find that they are more or less cheap imitations of the advanced functions that come with angelsense. The gps trackers listed here are simple and very limited. You don't always know when your kid is not where he's supposed to be. Angelsense is not just a gps tracker, it's a total lifesaver! 

  • robi·

    which one did you choose?

  • Bboshold·

    what is the best option for Canada?

  • BrownieSugar·

    I am really looking for a reliable but reasonably priced tracker for my kids. I was hoping to find one before camp started, but I am so confused by all the choices. TheAngel Sense seems great, but, very pricey. Has anyone had any experience with the updated 2016 model for Trax?

  • Mahesh2704·

    what all devices works in india?? will amber works in india?

  • bcsteeve·

    im a little disappointed that neither this article nor ANY of the mentioned manufacturers address the issue of GSM sunsetting.  ALL cellular carriers are phasing out 2G service.  Here in Canada, for example, Bell and Telus are ending 2g service by the end of this year.  The 3rd carrier - Rogers - is continuing but only until the end of 2017.  In the USA, AT&T is axing it in January 2017. Only Verizon has committed to continue to offer it, with a soft target of 2020.  NONE of these devices that mention GSM will work once the carriers sunset 2g!  The HereO watch doesn't say what it uses, but I am assuming that it is gsm too, based on its country list (I just sent an email asking for clarification).

    Research "2g sunsetting" for your country before investing in a device that won't work in as little as 5 months from now.  No wonder some devices are being blown out, but shame on them for not being forthcoming.

    • bcsteeve·

      I got a message back from Angelsense... their hardware can support 3G, so good for them.  Their exact response:  "We offer coverage through 2G & 3G (AT&T and TMobile) and CDMA (Verizon) networks. We choose the best option for your area."

      Both CDMA and 2G (GSM) are quickly going the way of the dinosaur, but if they support 3G AT&T that's good for Americans for the foreseeable future.

  • Katee·

    What about Kidlogger app for phones? I use it for 2 years and I like it. It has a free version and a payed one. so I know what my kids are doing, where they are. It's realy good one for me.

  • Pillowtalk·

    that's illegal. 

  • enovics·

    check this it can be tracked via SMS too https://igg.me/at/eNoTrack

  • kimschwikkx·

    I live in South Africa. I am looking for a GPS tracking wristband or watch that has a panic button feature for my 2 year old son to wear. Bearing in mind that we live on a farm and thus my son would need something durable and waterproof. We also battle with cellphone reception and internet (we have wifi at the households but limited around the farm). So we would need something that can rely on satelites rather than cell comms. Is there anything out there that would meet the above criteria that doesn't cost an arm and a leg????

  • anthoang·

    In my opinion. All these smartwatches are underwhelming.   I'm looking for a watch that can track my child as well as have the ability to install apps.  Without the apps, the child is not compelled to wear the watch.  

  • Kaym·

    Precise innovation has the caref which is amazing. Similar to the Filip in options but unlike Filip (which ATT was unable to get to work after 3 hours of trying to set it up) the Caref is sold at Walmart or through Precise Innovation. If bought at Walmart the 9 dollar warranty is a great investment and I have already used it once after my son decided to swim with his watch. 

    • kbpereira·

      Caref Watch is not suitable for a low functioning child. If your child understand the meaning of a watch, it will work, also the screen is very sensitive, broked in the first month.

      Also tried the Kidsport Band also from Precise Innovation, they advertise it is for a special need child. If you kid is low functioning and has sensory issue, don't even think about it, because you going to regret.

      I wish someone come up with a tracking device that can attach to kids ankle.  

  • Hails·

    You might want to consider adding the new TEDDY TAG by Mommy I'm Here to your list of wearables. The Teddy Tag is bluetooth and works with smart devices via a free app and it is a cuter form factor, a teddy bear. It is really tiny, rechargeable too. It offers an adjustable geo fence distance proximeter and allows parents to press the button to set off a 90db alarm on the child to find them instantly. No waiting for GPS location on a phone or PC. You can actually hear where they are and not allow them to wander in the first place. The kid can also press the button on the bears tummy to set off the ringer on the parents phone!

  • DaveK·

    What I am looking for does not seem to be available. I am looking for something that would help me track down an abductor the minute a child was taken. I want a device small enough that i could hide it in my child's clothing or shoes. If an abductor can visibly see a device like a smart watch on their arm, all they have to do is take it off and throw it out the window. If the device is clunky and too big it will always be in their backpack; so what if they don't have their backpack when the abduction occurs (?) A life saving device for this type of scenario would need to be undetectable by the abductor, and have a high level of accuracy. Anyone seen anything that meets these requirements?

    • Michelle10·

      Thank you! This was my first thought Or just to at least know that the child does not have it on but yeah, I would think they could just take it off. I'd want to be notified if the device came off my child. I am just looking into these now. If you find any let me know! 

    • castrub·

      Feel the same! Also wouldn't necessarily want my child to know there's a tracking device on him/her, so something to slip into a shoe and to not have to reattach every day would be nice. And the Live GPS tracking would be KEY to following your moving child of he/she was with an abductor... Still looking. Let's share any worthy findings on this thread!

    • MattL·

      EXACTLY!  Seems like all of the devices are either clunky, have bright colors which would attract the attention of an abductor, easily removable, or need to be put in a backpack.  And, as you said, if the child doesn't have the backpack on then what good is the tracking device?

    • Chelsea·

      Yes!! So, the general consensus is that what we really need has not been invented? Then what is the next best choice? Something that can be slipped into clothing / shoe? Or a bracelet they cannot remove? I had no idea this field was so vast and yet so incomplete. -CS

  • suzannebrozek·

    I wish I could find a wearable for my child with non-verbal severe autism. Ideally, I was hoping there would be a medical alert type wrist band that my child cannot remove and that has no buttons that SHE could push, but has tracking so I know that she made it to school, can alert me if she is out of designated area and can alert me when her bus arrives home. One that also has a way that if she is lost someone could get her info that she is nonverbal auttie and how to reach me in an emergency just like a medical alert bracelet...is that just way too much to ask? With the technology available today I would think someone would have thought of something like this, for severe children with a tendency to wander and nonverbal...like Avonte. Cover all the bases! Ya know?

  • kids_first·

    There are other non- GPS products out there that will actually let the parents set off an alarm on the child from over 150 feet away, without the need for GPS. These locators also have a geo fence setting that lets the parents know when the child wanders away. They are shaped like a teddy bear and are not expensive. They are called the Mommy I'm Here child locators.

  • Squidd·

    Very happy with our AngelSense GPS! My 9 year old wears it on a belt under his clothes. It works off the cell network and can be monitored across the entire USA. It tells me when his bus leaves schools, how fast the bus is going and I can call to hear what's going on around him. It's worth every cent.

  • natnatroswell22·

    I have been looking for a GPS tracker for my son that have the geo-fencing and SOS alerts features. Can anyone recommend a brand that can be clipped in the pocket or bag, something that can be a bit discreet but is dependable?

    • nicole455·

      My son had been bringing Trackimo GPS wherever he goes, it is a great tracker that can be clipped on collars, pockets or just simply stuff in the backpack. It came with accessories and the functionality is excellent.

  • shirleyb·

    It's great to have these tracking devices with features such as being able to call most especially in case of emergency.

  • Sarah23·

    Between a 3G device and a Bluetooth one, which works better? I want to get a tracker that works even in long distances.

    • tifson123·

      I'd prefer a 3G device since it works anywhere as long as you have cellular signals. Some kids trackers have the 3G GPS capabilities that can monitor even in areas with no cellular signals using GPS signals instead, these are the best I think.

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  • Kristijackman·

    do any of the tracker watches notify me if taken off